ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET AND ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL PRESENT MY FIRST BALLET: COPPÉLIA
My First Ballet: Coppélia tells the comic family tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences. Dr Coppélius, the toymaker, has created the lifelike Coppélia doll, and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. He thinks that his dream has finally come true, but he has merely been caught up in a lovers' tiff. Love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity and the finale is a breathtaking celebration of the lovers' marriage.
Delibes's irresistibly melodic score is accompanied with narration to ensure that everyone enjoys this classic fairy tale. My First Ballet: Coppélia is choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet’s Associate Artist, after by Ronald Hynd.
The My First Ballet series brings young audiences their first taste of ballet through the magic of fairy tales, captivating music and beautiful dance. The ballets are danced by second year students of English National Ballet School in performances produced by English National Ballet.
English National Ballet School and English National Ballet are delighted to be working in partnership with King’s College London, Widgit and Sign 2 Learn, to make ballet more accessible to children with learning difficulties and disabilities, by creating a range of symbolised resources. Widgit symbols support written text to make the meaning clearer and easier to understand. Discover more and download the symbolised resources for free by visiting the Symbol Resources tab above.
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Swanilda is engaged to Franz, but isn’t sure if Franz truly loves her. While on his way to the inn, Dr Coppélius is stopped by a few naughty youths afterwards he continues home unaware he has dropped his key. Swanilda and friends pick up the key and decide to enter the strange house to meet the beautiful but unfriendly girl.
Swanilda and friends carefully enter the house discovering many charming robots. They find the beautiful girl but discover she’s just a mechanical doll! They are interrupted by Dr Coppélius who drives them all away except the hiding Swanilda. Dr Coppélius tries to bring the doll to life not realising that Swanilda has taken the doll’s place. He’s overjoyed by his apparent success but soon realises he’s been tricked. The villagers assemble for the harvest festival which is celebrated with dances for Swanilda’s and Franz’s wedding feast. The festivities continue into the night.
Dr Coppélius – an eccentric toymaker
Coppélia – the mechanical doll
Swanilda – the Mayor’s daughter
Franz – a local boy, engaged to Swanilda
English National Ballet School and English National Ballet are delighted to be working in partnership with King’s College London, Widgit and Sign 2 Learn, to make ballet more accessible to children with learning difficulties and disabilities, by creating a range of symbolised resources. Widgit symbols support written text to make the meaning clearer and easier to understand.
The Cultural Institute, King’s College London, has generously supported the project as part of its Innovation Programme. This is matched by in kind support from both English National Ballet School and English National Ballet
All of these resources are available to download for free (PDF format) and you will also find extra activities in our printed programmes at venues throughout the My First Ballet: Coppélia tour. The My First Ballet: Coppélia Symbol Resources are designed for use before, during and after performances.
My First Ballet: Coppélia - Plot Summary (2.0 MB)
My First Ballet: Coppélia - Characters, Scenery and Props PDF (104.0 KB)
My First Ballet: Coppélia - Flashcards (Symbols and Text) PDF (205.1 KB)
My First Ballet: Coppélia - Flashcards (Symbols) PDF (204.7 KB)
My First Ballet: Coppélia - Flashcards (Text) PDF (55.5 KB)
Choreography George Williamson after an original production by Ronald Hynd and Marius Petipa
Concept and Direction George Williamson
Music Léo Delibes
Music Arrangement Gavin Sutherland
Design Louie Whitemore
Lighting Richard Howell