Capping off its 2021-2022 season, Ballet Theatre of Maryland will present the beloved classic “Coppélia” from April 22-23 at Maryland Hall for the Arts. This fractured fairytale, set in an idyllic peasant village, tells the story of two lovers, an eccentric inventor, and his beautiful, mysterious daughter.
“No other classical ballet is quite as fun — for the audience as well as the dancers — as ‘Coppélia,’” said artistic director Nicole Kelsch. “Its comedic storyline, energetic character dances, and eclectic cast of characters have made it an audience favorite for over a hundred years. We think it’s the perfect way to end our season.”
Originally choreographed by Saint-Leon in 1870, “Coppélia” features the music of Delibes. This production, last performed by Ballet Theatre of Maryland in 2013, follows the staging of previous artistic director Dianna Cuatto.
The story follows Swanhilda, a free-spirited peasant girl, as she pursues her sweetheart, Franz. Although the two are encouraged to marry, Swanhilda catches Franz blowing kisses to a mysterious girl on the balcony of Dr. Coppelius’s home. Incensed, she and her friends sneak into the old man’s workshop to investigate. Though Swanhilda discovers the truth about Coppélia, she and Franz are caught in the workshop and must keep their wits about them to escape.
Ballet Theatre of Maryland will perform “Coppélia” on April 22 at 7:30pm and April 23 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm. In-person tickets are on sale now at $47 for adults, $28 for senior/child/student tickets, and $38 for military. Masks are now optional for audience members at Maryland Hall. For virtual audiences, tickets are $25 per household. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit www.balletmaryland.org.
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