June 15, 2017

Watch the mischief and magic unfold in the Australian Ballet’s comical, intriguing and fantastical performance of Coppélia on Sunday, June 18, 2017, 11:30 a.m. at Palace Cineplex.

Coppélia is nothing short of a good ballet story with a touch of enchantment, a dash of romance and masses of sumptuous costumes. The tale is told of Swanilda and Franz, two lovers who live in a village with Dr. Coppelius, an eccentric toymaker and magician who has created a beautiful doll that he sits on his balcony and dreams of bringing to life. One day Franz sees the doll, Coppélia, and becomes infatuated with her. In an attempt to discover the identity of the mysterious ‘woman’, Swanilda and her friends decide to explore Dr. Coppelius’ lair while he is out but when Dr. Coppelius suddenly returns, Swanilda is forced to hide – pretending to be Coppélia. Meanwhile, the love-struck Franz finds a ladder and climbs into Dr Coppelius’ lair, unaware of Dr. Coppelius’ sinister plan for him and Coppélia. The enchanting production was devised and directed by George Ogilvie with original lighting design by William Akers.

Originally choreographed by Arthur Sain-Leon and reproduced with original choreography by Peggy van Praagh, the spectacular production was revised by Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti and is set to Leo Delibes’ cheery score. Coppélia holds a noteworthy place in the Australian Ballet’s repertoire as it was one of the first ballets performed by the Company in its inaugural 1962 season.

The Australian Ballet company seeks to “inspire, delight and challenge audiences” and regularly represents Australia on the world stage, performing to critical acclaim in 87 cities, including New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Paris. The Australian Ballet presents upwards of 250 shows, and 1,700 education and audience engagement events each year.

The Fairy Tale Series on screen at Palace Cineplex, was launched in February and the final of three dynamic performances, to Coppélia is scheduled for Sunday, June 18, at Palace Cineplex.

Tickets are on sale at the box office –Palace Cineplex, and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with any major credit card, or a Palace Card.