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Coppelia Ted Brandsen

This show was to been seen in December 2016

Festive family performance

Duration 2:10

Breaks 2

The must-see family performance for the festive season. A wonderful feel-good ballet for ages four and up.

In short

Coppelia tells the story of Swanhilda, who stands up to the mysterious muse of Dr. Coppelius, Coppelia, in order not to lose her beloved Franz. It soon appears that there is much more going on than just the battle between the two rivals.

Coppelia has come to life in Dutch National Opera & Ballet! That means trouble for our night guard..
Watch the trailer for Coppelia here.

Ted Brandsen

Director of Dutch National Ballet, Resident Choreographer

Ted Brandsen danced with Dutch National Ballet from 1981 to 1991. In 1991, he retired from dancing in favour of concentrating on choreography. In 1998, Brandsen was appointed artistic director of West Australian Ballet in Perth. At the beginning of 2002, Brandsen returned to Dutch National Ballet, initially in the position of assistant artistic director and resident choreographer and since 2003 as artistic director of the company. Ted Brandsen has been the director of Dutch National Ballet since August 2012.

Curious about the story of Coppelia? Watch this animation video!
The complete cast and crew of Coppelia joined the Mannequin Challenge. Watch the result here!

Who is dancing when?

 

Indeling Solisten

 

                                                                                        Zwaantje                        Frans                           Dr. Coppelius

 

 

                Sa 10-12-16         20:15                        Igone de Jongh                      Daniel Camargo                 Vito Mazzeo

 

                Su 11-12-16         14:00                        Anna Ol                                    Artur Shesterikov                Edo Wijnen

 

                We 14-12-16        20:15                        Igone de Jongh                      Daniel Camargo                 Vito Mazzeo

 

                Fr 16-12-16          20:15                        Qian Liu                                   Young Gyu Choi                 Roman Artyushkin

 

                Sa 17-12-16         20:15                        Anna Ol                                    Artur Shesterikov                Edo Wijnen

 

                Tu 20-12-16          20:15                        Anna Ol                                    Artur Shesterikov               Roman Artyushkin

 

                Th 22-12-16         20:15                        Michaela DePrince                Remi Wörtmeyer                Jared Wright

 

                Fr 23-12-16          20:15                        Igone de Jongh                      Daniel Camargo                 Vito Mazzeo

 

                Sa 24-12-16         14:00                        Sasha Mukhamedov             James Stout                        Vito Mazzeo

 

                Ma 26-12-16        14:00                        Igone de Jongh                      Daniel Camargo                 Vito Mazzeo

 

                Di 27-12-16          20:15                        Qian Liu                                   Young Gyu Choi                 Roman Artyushkin

 

                Wo 28-12-16        14:00                        Michaela DePrince                Remi Wörtmeyer                Jared Wright

 

                Wo 28-12-16        20:15                        Anna Ol                                    Artur Shesterikov               Roman Artyushkin

 

                Vr 30-12-16          14:00                        Sasha Mukhamedov             James Stout                        Vito Mazzeo

 

                Vr 30-12-16          20:15                        Qian Liu                                   Young Gyu Choi                 Edo Wijnen

 

                Za 31-12-16         14:00                        Michaela DePrince                Remi Wörtmeyer                Jared Wright

 

                Zo 01-01-17         14:00                        Sasha Mukhamedov             James Stout                        Vito Mazzeo

Creation

For the libretto of Coppelia, choreographer and artistic director of Dutch National Ballet Ted Brandsen worked closely with Janine Brogt, who has plenty of experience in adapting the classics for theatre and opera. Sieb Posthuma (1960 – 2014) created a colourful and magical world for Coppelia, so that the audience feels as though they have stepped into an illustrated book, thanks also to the imaginative and ‘retro-futuristic’ ballet costumes designed by François- Noël Cherpin.

Der Sandmann
The premiere of the late-Romantic comedy ballet Coppelia, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story Der Sandmann, took place at the Paris Opera in 1870. It was created by the very popular choreographer of the day, Arthur Saint-Léon, to music by Léo Delibes. The ballet has been presented in countless versions and adaptations, including several films. Dutch National Ballet’s Coppelia has retained the essence of the story: how beauty can be fabricated and the truth concealed behind glamour. The laboratory of the original story has become a clinic where botox treatments and breast lifts are carried out. The stage set is no longer a folklore village, but a sports school and juice bar, complete with characters that appear to have walked out of a cartoon.

Music

Muziek Coppelia
Coppelia (1870)                                  
Léo Delibes

Musical accompaniment
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Koen Kessels
 

Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is proud of its close relationship with Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This lends great flexibility and dynamism to the orchestra and ensures its high quality. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a unique character, passionate about continually achieving its mission: to move people through music.

 

FAMILY INTRODUCTIONS

Parallel to the regular introductions (in Dutch) there will be special family introductions on 24 and 28 December (13:15-13:45). Children will be introduced to the story, do a little dance themselves and enjoy a short meet-and-greet with a dancer from the performance. The introductions are given in Dutch. Free admission for anyone with a ticket for the performance.

Location: at the back of the foyer at stalls level, alongside the coffee bar.

SIGNING SESSION

After the performancec of Coppelia, on 11, 24, 26, 28 , 30 and 31 December some soloists will be at the shop to sign your purchases. These signing sessions are only for people with tickets for the matinee performance of the same day!

In the intervals of the performances on 28 and 30 December, author and dramaturge Janine Brogt will be signing the picture book Coppelia.

 

24 December Sasha & James

26 December Vito & Daniel

28 December Michaela & Remi

30 December Sasha & James

31 December Michaela & Remi 

 

    Wed 10 Feb

    ‘Coppelia (…) is the ideal Christmas ballet; summery as a sorbet with a parasol, easy to digest, sweet and colourful’. - NRC Handelsblad

    Wed 10 Feb

    ‘Assisted by Posthuma’s sets and the irrepressible score by Léo Delibes, Brandsen has created a fun treat’. - Het Parool, 2009