Coppélia: An exciting ballet for the entire family!

Memorable for music as well as dancing, Coppélia is ballet's great comedy... telling the story of lovely Swanhilda, a girl who pretends to be a doll in order to regain the affection of Frantz, her sweetheart. Coppélia also captures the gaiety of favorite European dance themes. The lively Czardas and Mazurka, and the elegant Valse will delight the young and the young at heart.

Enjoy the beauty and enchantment of ballet, Rhode Island's most popular performing art. Plan to see Coppélia with choreography and dancing by the gifted members of The State Ballet of Rhode Island.

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Each year, join The State Ballet of Rhode Island in opening its performing season with a Rhode Island tradition, Herci Marsden's Coppélia, an enchanting love story of a dancing doll. Whether you're introducing someone special to this unique family event or experiencing it for the very first time, this classic ballet favorite will be sure to enhance your holiday season. "Coppélia enchants again" - The Providence Journal

Set to music by Leo Delibes, your entire family will be captivated by the betrothed Swanhilda and Frantz, mysterious toy-maker named Dr. Coppélius, life-size dancing dolls and the "happily forever wedding celebration".

What happens when a high-spirited flirt named Frantz falls for an enamel doll named Coppélia?

Comedy, hilarity and a stage filled with glorious dancing and life-sized dolls. Follow Frantz’ beautiful but jealous betrothed, Swanhilda, as she teaches him a lesson with a mischievous hoax that ends in their touching reconciliation. Come and enjoy SBRI’s traditional full length holiday ballet which through the years has retained all the humor and exciting dancing that placed it among the favorite classic story ballets. Coppélia is a sweet love story first performed in 1870. It is a Rhode Island tradition for the young at heart.

The State Ballet of Rhode Island’s Coppélia is a whimsical tale that will leave you longing for more. Come experience the exciting cast of more than one hundred dancers, beautiful music and Ms. Marsden’s divine choreography.

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