Delibes’s tale of a ‘mechanical doll’ had audience spellbound
THE audience was spellbound throughout this delightful and enchanting evening when the company of dancers from
THE audience was spellbound throughout this delightful and enchanting evening when the company of dancers from the touring Vienna Festival Ballet brought us their interpretation of Lao Delibes’s
Choreographed by Emily Hufton after the revivals of Marius Petipa, we were taken through different settings and moods by dancers so light on their feet they made what must have been physically arduous sequences seem truly effortless.
Eccentric toymaker Dr Coppalius has created a beautiful mechanical doll called Coppalia, who amazes all the local villagers — including young couple Swanhilda and Franz.
One night they break in to Dr Coppalius’s shop, exploring the different mechanical dolls, ably and very patiently played by children from the Heidi Rhodes School of Dancing, who stayed very still and statuesque before springing to life.
Upon the toymaker’s return, Swanhilda manages to hide in the shop but Franz is caught.