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WATCH: ‘Coppelia’ by Ballet Philippines is Now Online

WATCH: ‘Coppelia’ by Ballet Philippines is Now Online

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Ballet Philippines’ staging of Coppelia, the 1870 comic ballet written by Charles-Louis Etienne Nuttier, with music by Léo Delibes, based on the stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann, is now streaming online.

The ballet tells the fantastical story of Dr. Coppélius, a diabolical inventor who creates a beautiful life-sized dancing doll named Coppelia. Audiences also meet a pair of young lovers named Swanhilda and Franz, whose marriage is thwarted by the mysterious doll.

Choreographed by Ballet Philippines Artistic Director Mikhail “Misha” Martynyuk, the production was staged from August 4-6, 2023 as the company’s 54th season opener.

“As a dancer, my first ever performance was as the lead in Coppelia,” shares Martynyuk. I’m well versed with the music, libretto, and technique. After my premiere, I was offered 24 invitations to perform the same role for Coppelia in Spain.”

“With that, I brought all my learnings from my teachers, which I now want to impart to my dancers. Coppelia was the choice because of its brightness and how it symbolizes the celebration of a new season.”

He also added that they applied a different style of approach to dance in Coppelia. “This version will be inspired by the original version by Petipa. I adapted my version from the original and added several Filipino elements and characters to it. Expect more technique, style and in depth characterization.”

You can watch the full production below.

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