Sergey Vikharev | Marius Petipa | Bolshoi Ballet

Delibes : Coppélia

Léo Delibes’s Coppélia is not only a collection of fine dances. It is primarily an abrasive and sardonic comedy, which is somewhat unusual in the world of classical ballet. But most importantly, it is a comedy for which excellent music was composed. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s assessment of Delibes’s ballet scores, allegedly capable of overshadowing the choreography itself, is well known: “What beauty, what elegance, what richness of melody, rhythm and harmony!” It is not fortuitous that music from this ballet should be performed, for its own merits, during concerts.

Funnily enough, the main theme of this light-hearted ballet is taken from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s anything but joyful novellas – mainly from The Sandman. In Hoffmann’s tale, the young man’s infatuation with the doll ends tragically, while in the ballet, the lively and energetic Swanilda (Frantz’s fiancée) is able to over wit the old Coppélius, the cunning inventor of the “Girl with the enamel eyes” and free her lover from the doll’s poisonous charm.

Coppélia was premiered in 1870 at the Paris Opera on choreographer Arthur Saint-Léon’s initiative. A virtuoso dancer, Saint-Léon was Marius Petipa’s predecessor as Head of the Petersburg Ballet. His interest in folk culture, music and dance, is mainly responsible for the appearance in the music score of such a rich “selection” of dance melodies based on folklore, and especially Slavic and Eastern European themes. A few years later, Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti brought the ballet “back” to the Russia that had proved such a vivid source of inspiration for its librettist, and adapted the choreography for the Russian stage. However, this new version fell out of interest during the XXth century, until Sergey Vikharev and Pavel Gershenzon’s revival in 2009. It is here interpreted by the Bolshoi Ballet’s finest dancers: Margarita Shrayner is the witty Swanilda, and Artem Ovcharenko the love-sick Frantz.

Press review

‘‘The Bolshoi’s Coppélia is everything you would want it to be: very big, very Russian and danced to the hilt’’
– THE GUARDIAN

‘‘The ebullient ballet suits the Bolshoi performers; the old designs have been beautifully revived; and the choreographic details are fascinating’’ – THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Delibes : Coppélia [DVD & Blu-ray]

Ballet in three acts

Music : Léo Delibes (1836-1891)
Libretto : Charles Nuitter & Arthur Saint-Léon after E.T.A. Hoffmann

Swanilda Margarita Shrayner
Frantz Artem Ovcharenko
Coppélius Alexey Loparevich
Eight friends Xenia Averina, Daria Bochkova, Bruna Cantanhede Gaglianone, Antonina Chapkina, Anastasia Denisova, Elizaveta Kruteleva, Svetlana Pavlova, Yulia Skvortsova
Coppélia (Automaton) Nadezhda Blagova
Lord of Manor Alexander Fadeyechev
Burgomaster Yuri Ostrovsky
Chronos Nikolay Mayorov
Mazurka Oksana Sharova, Alexander Vodopetov, Ekaterina Besedina, Dmitry Ekaterinin
Czardas Kristina Karasyova, Vitali Biktimirov
Aurora Anastasia Denisova
Prayer Antonina Chapkina
Work Daria Bochkova, Ksenia Averina, Maria Mishina, Stanislava Postnova, Tatiana Tiliguzova
Folly Elizaveta Kruteleva

Corps de Ballet, Actors and Actresses of the Bolshoi Theater
Students of Moscow State Choreographic Academy

Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theater
Conducted by Pavel Sorokin

Choreography Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti
New choreographic version and revival Sergey Vikharev
Scenography Boris Kaminsky
Costumes Tatiana Noginova
Lighting design Damir Ismagilov

Technical informations

HD recording : Bolshoi Theater, 06/2018
TV direction : Isabelle Julien
Release date : 12 April 2019
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

1 DVD
Reference
: BAC163
Barcode : 3760115301634
Running time : 100 min.
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

1 BLU-RAY
Reference : BAC463
Barcode :3760115304635
Running time : 100 min.
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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