Coppélia

A ballet by George Balanchine

Misa Kuranaga as the doll Coppelia come to life and Boyko Dossev as Dr. Coppelius.

Misa Kuranaga and Boyko Dossev in George Balanchine's Coppélia ©The George Balanchine Trust

Photo credit: Rosalie O’Connor

A romantic comedy of foolish fantasies and mistaken identities.

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in George Balanchine's Coppélia ©The George Balanchine Trust

Photo credit: Rosalie O'Connor

Misa Kuranaga and artists of Boston Ballet in George Balanchine's Coppélia ©The George Balanchine Trust

Photo credit: Rosalie O'Connor

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in George Balanchine's Coppélia ©The George Balanchine Trust

Photo credit: Rosalie O'Connor

Misa Kuranaga and artists of Boston Ballet in George Balanchine's Coppélia ©The George Balanchine Trust

Photo credit: Rosalie O'Connor

Act I

In a village in Galicia, once an Austo-Hungarian province on the Carpathian slope, a festival honors a new town bell-tower. Dr. Coppélius, toy-maker, inventor, and magician, exhibits his masterwork, a life-sized doll whom he thinks of as a daughter. Frantz, a town bumpkin, loves a local girl, Swanilda, but his interest is piqued by his flirtation with the pretty doll. Frantz roughs up Dr. Coppélius with some other townsmen. In their horseplay the key to his studio is lost, which Swanilda later discovers, enabling her and her friends to sneak in.

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio with artists of Boston Ballet in George Balanchine's Coppélia ©The George Balanchine Trust

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio with artists of Boston Ballet in George Balanchine's Coppélia ©The George Balanchine Trust

Photo credit: Rosalie O’Connor

Act II

Dr. Coppélius returns to the studio and expels Swanilda’s companions while she hides herself. Frantz, following love and curiosity, climbs in a window to the studio. He is soon drugged by Coppélius’ potion. The magician imagines he may animate his doll by drawing energy from the sleeping youth. Swanilda, now dressed in Coppélias’s clothes, dances a Scottish reel and Spanish fandango. Coppélius, at first in ecstasy over this apparent triumph, is plunged into despair when he uncovers her heartless imposture.

Act III

Village couples unite in holiday dress before the mayor for The Festival of Bells. Various occasions upon which the bells are to be rung – for work, prayer, war, peace, dawn, and other golden hours, are celebrated. Swanilda will marry Frantz, and Dr. Coppélius ends a broken man.

Synopsis provided courtesy of New York City Ballet with the permission of The Balanchine Trust.
 

Coppélia

May 21-31, 2019

The illusion we create is intended to deepen your understanding of reality.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director
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