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Ballet Jörgen presents classic comedic ballet

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen dancers (photo: Ted Buck)Canada’s Ballet Jörgen returns to Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside April 7 for a Sunday matinee performance of Coppélia.

Since 1992, Ballet Jörgen has toured extensively across Canada and throughout North America bringing their world-class productions to local theatres and sharing their passion for dance with audiences young and old.

Coppélia is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets and is the best known and most performed comedic ballet. It takes audiences into the mysterious mind of Dr. Coppélius, a lonely and disillusioned toy maker who wishes he could bring a perfect doll to life. CBJ’s contemporary retelling of the story has made it one of the company’s most popular family ballets.

In the ballet, Dr. Coppélius creates Coppélia, a stunning, life-sized dancing doll. Nathanael, one of the local villagers, falls madly in love with the doll. His sweetheart Klara goes to confront Coppélia only to find out she is a doll and not a real person. 

For mischief’s sake, Klara pretends to be Coppelia, and when Dr. Coppelius and Nathanael see her, both fall for her disguise and declare their affections for her. Confusion and love are explored through this humorous three-act ballet, choreographed by Bengt Jörgen and set to the original score by Leo Delibes.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.s production of Coppélia originally premiered in 2001 and is an international co-production between Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and The Hong Kong Ballet.

Harbourfront Theatre presents Canada’s Ballet Jörgen in Coppélia, April 7 at 2 pm.

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