coppelia

Among the set, costuming and score of a ballet, movement becomes the most powerful form of expression—especially in romantic-era story ballets, which entertain and convey a plot without words. Thus, the most underrated skill of a professional dancer becomes crucial: miming. The subtlest gesture can convey heartbreak, joy and even the desires and frustrations of certain characters. 

 

Published September 25, 2014
Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin on rehearsing "Coppélia" more »

Many Romantic ballets revolve around tragedy when dealing with love and romance. However, some simply attempt to replicate the joy of dancing, and produce little conflict other than a delayed marriage (Swanilda’s story in Coppélia hardly compares to the trials and tribulations of Odette's in Swan Lake). Still, beauty remains a major component to all ballets, no matter the conclusion.

Published December 2, 2009
One dancer's approach to dancing Swanilda in Coppelia.more »
Published November 20, 2009
We’ve all experienced it—a performance so striking that you leave the theater entranced, wishing it didn’t have to end. Each year, dancers all over the country wow us. It might be their dazzling technique, a surprising interpretation or their moving artistry. To wrap up the year, Pointe looked…more »