Sergei Radchencko, Artistic Director
Leo Delibes, Composer
Arthur Saint-Leon, Choreographer
"an impressive performance of a classical ballet, energized with dramatic expression and sensational steps." – The Chronicle; Durham, North Carolina
Created by the infamous Arthur Saint-Leon in 1870 for the Paris Opera, with a celebrated score by Leo Delibes, the story of Coppélia has become one of the most beloved, full-length, classic storybook ballets in history. Though not often seen in the Twin Cities, this story of a doll that comes to life was considered one of the first comic ballets when premiered and set the standard for many ballets of generations to come.
Though most of the action focuses on the mysterious and faintly diabolical inventor Doctor Coppélius, the story ultimately rests on the love story between the classic role of Swanhilde and her true heart's desire, Franz. Founded in 1989 by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet attains the highest classical elements derived from the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. This production will showcase all of the hallmarks of Russian ballet: gorgeous bodies, beautiful technique, and stunningly dramatic interpretation.
Funding provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.