- Fabrice Bourgeois (Dancer)
- Dorothee Gilbert (Dancer)
- Mathias Heymann (Dancer)
- Jose Martinez (Dancer)
Notes & Reviews:
Premiered by the Opera De Paris in 1870, and inspired by the fantastical writings of E.T.A. Hoffmann, Coppelia tells the story of a young man who becomes besotted with an exquisite automaton and is finally brought to his senses by his fiancée. In their production from the magnificent Palais Garnier, choreographer Bart in his final production and designer Toffolutti explore the story's darker side while doing full justice to the exuberance and elegance of Delibes' glorious score.Notes & Reviews:
Run Time: 114 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
What makes this version exceptional is the story, choreography, emotional depth, and the artists themselves. The choreography, though extremely technically challenging, never looks messy and frantic, like many modern choreographers make the mistake of doing. Each movement is there for a reason, and it perfects the image of Coppélia. The main characters have multiple personalities in this version, and it makes the production emotionally powerful. Swanilda dances both the roles of the down-to-Earth Swanilda, and of the ethereal doll, Coppélia. Dorothée Gilbert (who dances this dual role) is absolutely stunning; she has excellent technique and amazing artistic potential. Opposite Swanilda is Coppélius, whose dual personality is reflected through his companion, Spalanzani, who does the dirty work. José Martinez (who dances Coppélius) has perfect line, and performs the role of a handsome, middle-aged man (with an added sensitivity) incredibly. Frantz, Swanilda's young love, danced by Mathis Heymann is convincing as young and naive, especially because he is a very young rising star. Fabrice Bourgeois performs Spalanzani, and is an excellent addition to this near-perfect French cast.
Coppélia, very much like The Nutcracker, has been done and re-done hundreds of times, and has mostly been done with the naive (and pleasant) joy of Delibes' score. However, this version revolutionizes Coppélia, making it genius and sinister. Though this isn't a classical version of Coppélia, it is definitely worth owning to the ballet fan.
Submitted on 01/20/12 by danrubin06
Works DetailsLéo Delibes (1836 - 1891) : Coppélia
- Performers: Fabrice Bourgeois (Dancer); Dorothee Gilbert (Dancer); Mathias Heymann (Dancer); Jose Martinez (Dancer)
- Conductor: Koen Kessels
- Ensemble: Paris National Opera Ballet
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Ballet
- Written: 1870