Monday, September 21, 2015

Arts Insider Pick of the Week: COPPÉLIA Louisville Ballet

A ballet classic unfolds in a Louisville setting! Audiences will experience a fresh reimagining of the beloved autumnal story, as conceived by Louisville Ballet's own Artistic and Executive Director, Robert Curran. Now set in Louisville's Germantown during the fall of 1917, this version creatively brings our city to life just as the United States is on the brink of joining World War 1. While Curran and his team of local artists respect and embrace the original storyline, based on the writings of E.T.A. Hoffman, this world premiere production captures the vibrancy of a community on the verge of incredible and rapid change.

As Artistic and Executive Director Robert Curran explains, "I have dreamt of this production for so many years. Coppélia has so many levels and rich details, and the rich history of Louisville has delivered the perfect setting to bring this story to life in a new and vibrant way."

The Story of Coppélia:
Swanhilde catches her intended, a young man and now soldier, Franz, flirting with what appears be a beautiful girl, Coppélia. What she and Franz don't realize is that this beautiful "girl" is a lifelike doll created by the eccentric Dr. Coppelius. A series of events follow suit, with including a surreal scene in Dr. Coppelius' workshop where his amazing dolls appear to come to life. All ends in celebration and marriage, although in this version the darkness of impending winter is tempered even more by the looming conflict and its impact on this German-American community.
Jacob Heustis, Scenic Designer

This is the first set design for Louisville-based visual artist Jacob Heustis. His design integrates elements of Germantown and Louisville, including St. Boniface Catholic Church (located on Liberty Street), the Big Four Bridge, shotgun houses (typical of Germantown and other neighborhoods being built) during that period and more. Jacob utilizes collage (an artistic technique created during that period), Cubism and other influences that came with the famous Amory Art Show of 1913 that radically changed the perception of art.

Choreography by Robert Curran after Arthur Saint-Léon. Music by Léo Delibes. **Live Music performed by The Louisville Orchestra with

WHEN: Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 8 PM and Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 2 PM & 8 PM
WHERE: The Brown Theatre
TICKETS: starting @ $35
CONTACT: the box office (walk up or drive thru) or call 502.584.7777 or visit
Accessible Seating, Assistive Listening System, Audio Description (TBD) 502-566-5111 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY

-Gioia Patton

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