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Twinkle Toes

April 27, 2015

If any little girl dreams of being a ballerina when she grows up, then Coppélia is surely the production she dreams of one day performing. Whether you’re a cabriole connoisseur or entirely new to the artform, it’s impossible not to be enchanted by this classic comedy of errors featuring energetic pas de deuxs and an entertaining, easy-to-follow plot. Well, this May balletomanes big and small will be jetéing for joy when they learn that the renowned English National Ballet is bringing their latest rendition of Coppélia to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).

Set to the original score by Léo Delibes, the playful story centres on Swanilda who, on the eve of her wedding, finds reason to doubt her betrothed when she spies him ogling a mysteriously mute girl on the balcony of the town’s somewhat sinister toymaker, Dr Coppélius. Aiming to confront her silent rival, Swanilda steals into Coppélius’ house only to discover the enigmatic maiden is, in fact, a doll that the doctor is attempting to bring to life. More mix-ups ensue when the doctor mistakes Swanilda for the puppet, setting the scene for several delightful dances choreographed by C.19th master Marius Petipa, with a few modern twists thrown in by living legend Ronald Hynd. But with only two performances, tickets are moving faster than a pirouetting principlist, so chassé to it quicksticks!

5-6 May, 2015.

NCPA / 2 Xi Chang'an Jie / Xicheng / +86 10 6655 0000 for tickets /