The enchanting tale of Coppélia is coming to Sydney, bringing with it magic and mischief for children aged three and older to enjoy.
“Storytime Ballet: Coppélia is set in a magical world. It’s all about young sweethearts, Swanilda and Franz. They sneak into Dr Coppelius’ mysterious toy workshop and discover the secrets of his mechanical dolls as they come to life. It’s the perfect introduction to ballet for children,” Lead Ballerina, Chantelle Van Der Hoek said.
Coppélia will be set to the wonderful Léo Delibes score from the original mainstage production, however they will perform to a specially recorded version by Orchestra Victoria. Van Der Hoek will be performing the lead role of Swanilda.
“We have been working in the studios with The Australian Ballet Artistic Director, David McAllister and Madeleine Eastoe who have been expertly choreographing Storytime Ballet: Coppélia. The ballet has come together so beautifully, encapsulating all the highlights from the main stage production.”
The performance will share a new appreciation of ballet for young children, allowing them to not only experience ballet for the first time, but also gain an understanding of the story being portrayed.
“The performance is just under an hour long and has a narrator to guide the audience through the story. It’s interactive and children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite ballet-inspired outfits and dance along.”
The story will bring joy to the children and Van Der Hoek hopes to hear laughter and delight as they watch the beautiful performance.
“We hope they have so much fun that they dance all the way home.”
Until Dec 29. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. $44-$56+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.australianballet.com.au
By Jade Morellini