Review of Coppelia by the Vienna Festival Ballet
PUBLISHED: 21:01 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 21:01 15 May 2013
THE Vienna Festival Ballet Company returned to the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City with their production of Coppelia.
Having presented Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to full houses at the Campus West complex in 2012, regular theatre-goers knew they were in for treat.
We were listening to excellent music by Leo Delibes, then the tabs opened and there was a colourful, well designed set of a village square with an attractive young lady sitting on the balcony reading.
Franz sees her there and the beauty of Coppelia immediately catches his eye.
He tries to attract her attention and blows her kisses in his attempt at flirtation, but his girlfriend Swanhilda catches him and becomes jealous, putting their love for each other on the rocks.
When night time falls, Dr Coppelius is heading for home slightly inebriated from his visit to the local tavern when he is set upon by thugs.
During the scuffle he drops the key to his home, which is found by Swanhilda and her friends, who decide to enter the mysterious house.
Act two finds us in the workshop of Dr Coppelius and the girls discover that Coppelia is in fact a doll.
Here’s a question for you ladies. If you discovered that the woman your man had been flirting with was in fact not a real woman but a doll, would you forgive him?
A scene that would be highly pleasing to the eye of any member of the audience followed, with the girls winding up the clockwork toys to watch them perform.
In the third and final act we witness Franz and Swanhilda falling back in love and joining the other couples in their pre-nuptial celebrations.
Several dances celebrating the time of day take place, including the famous Dance of the Hours, and the Dawn Solo.
And the townspeople left us with a joyous celebration.
The whole performance of this tale, which was first performed in 1870, was well presented with excellent choreography.
If you are a fan of ballet, or have never been before, keep an eye on the Hawthorne Theatre’s events diary as the Vienna Festival Ballet Company will be returning later this year with an adaption of the classic family favourite Snow White.
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