THE Moscow Ballet La Classique company is all set to return to the island next week with their production of the comical Coppelia.
Coppelia tells the story of an inventor, Dr Coppelius, who has made a life-sized dancing doll.
The doll is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart’s desire, fiesty fiancee Swanhilde.
But she shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.
Regarded as one of the jewels of classical ballet, Coppelia also represents one of its true comedies.
It’s all a bit of a wind-up and true love eventually wins the day in this truly enchanting tale which is perfect for ballet lovers of all ages. The ballet, which features constantly in the repertoire of the world’s leading companies, is in three acts with music by Leo Delibes and choreography by Arthur Saint-Leon.
Moscow Ballet La Classique was founded by its current director Elik Melikov in 1990 using ballet dancers from the leading theatres of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries and the Bolshoi, Kirov and Ballet Theatres of Kiev and Odessa. The dancers, who are of the highest calibre, are supported by a team of very experienced coaches, choreographers and backstage professionals. They have taken their ballet shows to theatres in Italy, Morocco, Spain, Egypt, Austria, Norway, Taiwan, China, France, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the Isle of Man.
La Classique will perform Coppelia in the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas at 7.30pm on Monday and Tuesday, February 25 and 26.
Tickets start at £22 with concessions available. Call 600555 or visit www.villagaiety.com