State Ballet of Rhode Island Presents ‘Coppelia’

The State Ballet of Rhode Island and Artistic Director, Herci Marsden, celebrate 53 years of performance and education in the Arts. SBRI is Rhode Island’s longest established ballet company that performs a service for its region, and showcases some of the area’s most gifted dancers.

Join us on December 14 and 15, 2012 for an Ocean State tradition!
Coppelia, the enchanting love story of a dancing doll.

Coppelia, ballet’s great comedy, was first presented by the Paris Opera in 1870. This humorous, family-friendly classic story ballet will surely enhance your holiday season and entertain you, as it has entertained audiences for more than 140 years.

Set to music by Leo Delibes, Coppelia’s, mysterious toymaker, life size dancing dolls and the “happily ever after” wedding celebration of Swanhilda and Frantz will captivate your entire family. Order your tickets early for SBRI’s cultural treasure, Herci Marsden’s Coppelia, and this year, make it your own tradition.

This deal: To redeem your voucher for the Friday evening performance call The State Ballet headquarters at 401-334-2560 to reserve your seats or appear in person with your voucher at the RI College box office, right up until show time.

Performed at: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall, RI College in Providence
All seats are reserved. RIC is accessible to handicapped and disabled. Free Parking!

Opening Night Friday, December 14, enjoy a complimentary reception 45 minute before 7:30 show time.
Saturday Matinee December 15 children can enjoy “Tea Time in the Toy Shop with Backstage Tour” at 12:30 pm, showtime@2:00 pm. Reservation required, call 401-334-2560.
Sponsored in part by Cabot Creamery of VT and Newport Coffee Traders

Additional Bit:

•1870 – Over a half century old, SBRI holds true to the art form of classical ballet, preserving culture and tradition in motion. The costumes worn, the props carried, and the scenery hung, many are decades old. The storyline of Coppelia is vintage as well, as it was performed as a ballet for the first time in 1870 in Paris. However, new dancers, costumes, and audience members come with each passing year. These fresh aspects gel well with the existing, as to create second and third-generation memories and lovers of the ballet.
•1962 – The first time The State Ballet presented Coppelia in RI was in 1962. Herci Marsden, founding Prima Ballerina, performed the leading female role of Swanhilda.
•1976 – Herci Marsden, as acting Artistic Director of SBRI, presented her rendition of the ballet Coppelia and has continued it’s presentation year after year.
•This year, leading dancers share with each other the roles that their mentors, Herci Marsden – Artistic Director and Prima Ballerina and Ana Marsden Fox – Executive Director and SBRI Alumna Principal Dancer, once portrayed. How fortunate the dancers are to have coaching and influence from such epic figures in the dance world.
•SBRI is thrilled to share Coppelia with the community during its 53rd season and looks forward to continuing it’s mission to create, present and preserve the world of classical ballet.

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