American Repertory Ballet (ARB) performs
WHEN: Saturday, March 16, at 1 pm and 6 pm and Sunday, March 17, at 1 pm
WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TICKETS: prices range from $28 to $48. Discount tickets available for seniors and patrons under 30.
For tickets, visit tworivertheater.org or call 732.345.1400
“We're excited to bring Coppélia to Two River Theater,” says Artistic Director Douglas Martin. “One of the few comedic ballets in the classical ballet repertoire, Coppélia is the perfect story ballet that will entertain audiences of all ages.”
In Coppélia, brilliant classical dance meets a delightfully comic narrative. This full-length ballet tells the light-hearted story of Franz, a village boy engaged to Swanhilda, who becomes infatuated with a life-like doll created by the eccentric inventor, Dr. Coppelius. Hilarity ensues over love and mistaken identity.
Originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon, Coppélia premiered in Paris in 1870. Saint-Léon's interest in folk dancing figures prominently in the ballet, and is also reflected in the lush symphonic music by French composer Léo Delibes. With its tuneful and romantic music, Coppélia stands alongside such classics as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker as the best-loved and most enduring ballets of all time.
A delightful evening of ballet fun for the entire family, The New York Times calls Coppélia “one of the happiest ballets in existence.”