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Review: Butler Ballet's 'Coppelia'



Butler Ballet boasts strong dancing in its joyful interpretation of Coppelia, which follows a chain of events set in motion by a life-like mechanical doll engrossed in reading a book. Youthful exuberance animates the delightful springtime caper, which crosses ebullient teens with a recluse toymaker.

Olivia Yoch and Garrett Glassman bring fine technique and characterization to the roles of Swanhilda and Franz, respectively. Dancers similarly bring to life supporting roles, lending realism to the play's setting, a tiny village in the Austrian province of Galicia.

Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann (best known for his story of a magical nutcracker), Coppelia captures the folk customs of the region in the early 19th century. Butler's production, its final on the season, brings to life the color and swirl of traditional clothing to the fore on a setting overlaid with hearts. The entire troupe rises to engaging choreography by Stephan Laurent, Derek Reid, Marek Cholewa and Cynthia Pratt. Continuing April 21, 8 p.m., and April 22, 2 p.m., at Clowes Memorial Hall.


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