Indianapolis Ballet, Inc., home of the Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB) is excited to announce it’s upcoming spring performances of Coppélia, a high-spirited ballet for all ages. The full-length production can be seen on May 20 & 21 at The Toby on the beautiful grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at indyballet.org, or by calling 317.955.7525. Special pricing is available for students and seniors.
“We are thrilled to be back at The Toby for our second consecutive year,” said Victoria Lyras, Founding Artistic Director. “The Indianapolis Museum of Art is such a beautiful setting for the ballet, we love being there and hope to continue with this fantastic partnership.”
Coppélia is considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th century. It was first presented at the Theatre Imperial de l’Opera of Paris on May 25, 1870 and is originally based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann, famous for The Nutcracker. The ballet tells the story of a mysterious toymaker who crafts a life-like doll named Coppélia who gets confused for a real girl creating tension between sweethearts. The ballet is composed of hilarious events that inevitably lead to a grand celebration.
Indianapolis School of Ballet’s production of Coppélia is an iconic three-act ballet based from the traditional staging by Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti with additional choreography by Victoria Lyras (ISB’s founding Artistic Director and former principal dancer and soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet and a Balanchine protégé). ISB last performed Coppélia in 2011.
Along with reputable choreography, a monumental set, painted by Judith Gregg Peters, showcases a small Austro-Hungarian village as the backdrop of this famous ballet. One-of-a-kind costumes are hand-made by Loukia Finale, former seamstress for Oscar de la Renta and costumer for the Piraeus Theater in Greece. Lighting and design are by Barrymore Award-winning designer, James Leitner.
The Indianapolis School of Ballet will also feature prominent principal dancers including Kristin Young, Nashville Ballet, and Chris Lingner, Cincinnati Ballet. Young, alumni of the Indianapolis School of Ballet, will dance the role of Coppélia, and Lingner, who’s danced several roles with ISB, will dance the role of Franz, a local boy who becomes enthralled by the sight of Coppélia.
Directly following the production on Sunday, May 21 is the Annual Fundraising Gala. Tickets available soon.
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About Indianapolis School of Ballet
The Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB) is Indiana’s premier destination for professional dance instruction – centrally located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. ISB advances professional ballet and dance education through world-class training and dynamic performances. ISB is a program of Indianapolis Ballet, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more, visit http://www.indyballet.org.