The Cleveland Ballet Performs Classic Story Ballet “Coppelia” at Playhouse Square

Fri 4/5 @ 8PM

Sat 4/6 @ 1PM & 7PM

The new Cleveland Ballet, which debuted in 2015, is aiming to bring back some of the big glamour of the classic story ballets which the original Cleveland Ballet of the mid ’70s through 2000 was known for, albeit on a less grandiose scale.

Coppélia was one of its repertoire staples. The comic ballet, based on a pair of stories by E.T.A. Hoffman and set to music by Leo Delibes, was first performed in 1870. Since then it’s been performed by many companies around the world. In it, Dr. Coppelius creates a life-size dancing doll, which a young villager Franz falls in love with, abandoning his girlfriend Swanhilda, who then pretends to be a doll to win him back. Silly, but with opportunities for delightful dancing.

The Cleveland Ballet version was choreographed by Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller. It will have three performances at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $25-$79.

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