Posted on May 29, 2013
This July, the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet comes to the London Coliseum with Roland Petit’s version of Coppélia. Sergei Polunin will dance Franz during the run.
First staged in 1975, Petit’s version is a rethinking of the 19th-century ballet. He kept the central ideas of quarrelling lovers Franz and Swanilda and a toymaker who makes a mechanical doll, but with a different emotional edge. Petit wrote: “The main idea is simple. Coppélia [the doll] is created by Coppélius in Swanilda’s likeness. Coppélius loves Swanilda. By running away from Swanilda it is in fact still Swanilda whom Franz seeks. All bliss is woven out of infidelities… every interpretation is both a sacrilege and a homage.”
The production is staged by Luigi Bonino , a former dancer of Roland Petit’s Ballet de Marseille. The company will bring principal dancers Sergei Polunin, Semyon Velichko, Kristina Shapran and Erika Mikirticheva, with Anton Domashev as Dr Coppélius, the role originally played by Petit himself. The Delibes score will be played by the English National Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Anton Grishanin.
Polunin was last expected at the London Coliseum, when he was announced as the star of Peter Schaufuss Ballet’s Midnight Express, but withdrew from the production during rehearsals. At a press conference, Polunin said: “I am very sorry that, due to health issues at the time, I wasn’t able to explain to everyone why I couldn’t perform in April but I’m delighted to have another opportunity to dance at the Coliseum in July. Coppélia is one of my favourite ballets and I will be there!”
Casting has been announced for the six performances:
July 11 (eve): Kristina Shapran, Sergei Polunin
July 12 (mat): Natalia Somova, Dmitry Sobolevsky
July 12 (eve): Erika Mikirticheva, Semyon Velichko
July 13 (mat): Kristina Shapran, Sergei Polunin
July 13 (eve): Natalia Somova, Semyon Velichko
July 14 (mat): Erika Mikirticheva, Sergei Polunin
Tickets cost from £5 to £85. Call the box office on 020 7845 9300 or see www.eno.org for details.
Picture: Sergei Polunin and Kristina Shapran in Coppélia. Photograph: Oleg Chernous