Coppelia: Full Length Ballet Performance this July 6 & 7, 2013

June 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I used to do ballet till Grade 6, I had to quit because I was using the wrong muscles (and never got corrected, alas), and as it got tougher, I just wasn’t able to do what I was supposed to do. I’d always love ballet, the poise, the gracefulness of it all. The girls, however, thought ballet is too girlish, and although I’d asked them many times, they didn’t want to take up ballet.

We were given this opportunity to view a rehearsal for Coppelia, which is a full length ballet performance that will be staged coming weekend, I thought it’ll be a great time to expose the girls to ballet.

A little about Coppelia, Per Wiki :
Coppélia concerns an inventor, Dr Coppelius, who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde. 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.

This comical and romantic ballet was first staged in 1870 in Paris.

Jointly organized by Danceworks Production, Malaysia and Ena Ballet Studio Company, Japan, this full length ballet performance will be staged on July 6th and 7th, at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur.

Participants of the performance include 50 dancers from Japan, USA, Australia, Romania, Germany and Malaysia. Lead ballet dancers include: Connor Walsh, Principal Dancer, Houston Ballet, USA; Ena Hirose, Co-Artistic Director, Ena Ballet Studio Company, Japan; and Mark Brinkley, Former Senior Artist of The Australian Ballet. And it’s choreographed by Malaysian Jie Choong Wan-Chin, Artistic Director, Danceworks Production, Malaysia and Resident Choreographer, Ena Ballet Studio Company.

Mark Brinkley, who will be Dr Coppelius in the performance, gave us a brief introduction to the acts and casts.

An hour at the rehearsal, we watched a few dance scenes which were beautifully put together. The girls suddenly realised ballet isn’t just about pink tutu.

Jie Choong Wan-Chin, the Choreographer, briefing the casts

Connor Walsh as Franz and Ena Hirose as Swanhilder

Ena Hirose with her former students (most of them are professional dancers now) from Ena Ballet Studio Company

Now, both the girls and I, can’t wait to watch the actual performance!

Details on the timing and ticket prices are per below :
Tickets are priced at RM 50, 90, 120, 160 and 200 (with a RM 3 surcharge per ticket)
Tickets can be purchased from: ticket2u.biz (Tel: 03-414 78600)
Istana Budaya Office (03- 4026 5558)
Timings: July 6, 2013 (Sat) (8.30pm) & July 7 (Sunday) (3.00pm)
For more information, please visit: danceworks2013.org

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