#TBT: The Australian Ballet dances Coppélia with Lise Pavane

November 28, 2001

Nothing provides more comfort than catching your best friend’s eye during a performance, or realizing that someone familiar is dancing by your side. And when a ballet’s choreography caters to friendship, the most intimate dance arises from the stage.


Australian Ballet’s Lise Pavane dances Swanhilda in this 1990 recording along with her ensemble of friends—right before they sneak into Dr. Coppelius’s house to investigate a mysterious “girl.” Every dancer’s piqué and balloné sings to the girl beside her in beautiful harmony. They do everything together—just like any girl’s closest friends.  Happy #ThrowbackThursday!