West Hawai‘i Dance Theatre and Academy proudly presents the comedic ballet “Coppélia” at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on Saturday, May 18.
This family-friendly, historic ballet has been reconstructed from the original choreography by WHDT’s founder and artistic director, Virginia Holte, assistant director, Midori Satoh, and instructor, Jenna Ojeda. Megan Joy Chapman and Ann Marie Pargett contribute newly added choreography.
The newly formed West Hawai‘i Dance Theatre Orchestra under the musical direction of Maestro Brian Dollinger accompany the dancers for this performance.
“Coppélia” tells the amusing tale of village girl, Swanilda, and her fiancé, Franz. Though he’s set to marry her, Franz’s wavering affection falls on Coppélia, a lifelike doll that he mistakes at a distance for a beautiful young woman. Unbeknownst to Franz, Coppélia is the creation of old toymaker, Dr. Coppélius. Not realizing that her betrothed has fallen for a doll, comedy ensues when the feisty Swanilda and her friends sneak into the eccentric doll-maker’s musty workshop where she intends to confront her romantic rival.
With the mischievous antics of Franz, the jealous tirades of Swanilda, and comedic and heart-felt eccentricities of Dr. Coppélius, Coppélia really bursts with personality. Children and adults alike always leave the theatre chuckling. Showcasing youth, innocence, playfulness and joy, comic exuberance and vitality, “Coppélia” fits perfectly into West Hawai‘i Dance Theatre & Academy’s repertoire.
Coppélia premiered at the Theatre Imperial de l'Opéra in Paris on May 25, 1870. The three-act ballet was first choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon with the musical score by Léo Delibes shimmering in violin melodies and fast-cascading Slavic themes. The ballet was later restaged by Marius Petipa and again by Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti.
WHDT senior dancers Mako Yamamoto and Enna Hendrickson lead the ballet as Swanhilda and Coppélia. Andrew Fung, a HPA student is Franz. Over 70 local youth, teen and adult community dancers round out the cast.
Visiting professional Danseur Timour Bourtasenkov, formerly of the Bolshoi Ballet, will play the role of Dr. Coppélius.
West Hawai‘i Dance Theatre & Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is sponsored in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii Community Foundation, Vance Wall Foundation, Valerie Cartwright and Richard Olazaba, Ironman, Macy’s, Cooke Foundation and our local businesses and families.
Ranges from $29 to $49
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