Dance, Ballet
Coppelia 2016 The Australian Ballet hero image photographer credit Justin Ridler
Photograph: Justin Ridler

The Australian Ballet's family-friendly fairytale ballet returns 40 years after its debut

Created by the Australian Ballet's founding director Peggy van Praagh as her swan song, Coppélia premiered in 1979 and is the only one of van Praagh's works still in the AB's repertoire.

The story, based on the Western European fairytale 'The Girl with Enamel Eyes' and set to a romantic score by Léo Delibes, is about a young woman who masquerades as a doll to rescue her fiancé from the enchanted toy workshop of Dr Coppelius.

An added perk for this revival is the chance to see real-life partners Chengwu Guo and Ako Kondo dance the roles of lovers Swanhilda and Franz.

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