Coppélia combines laughter, mystery, romance and the finest
classical ballet - from spectacular character dances to the grand
romantic pas de deux - in a fun-filled spectacle.
Jack-the-lad Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia
without realising she is in fact a life-sized doll, created by the
mysterious inventor Dr Coppélius.
His feisty fiancée Swanhilde is disgusted by his disloyalty, but
when Franz's life is in danger, she tricks the doctor by disguising
herself as Coppélia (the doll) in order to save her love. Crisis
averted, the couple marry and celebrate with their friends in the
New Zealand dance legend Sir Jon Trimmer reprises the great
character role of Dr Coppélius, a role he first performed for the
Royal New Zealand Ballet in 1964.
Choreography After Marius Petipa
Music Léo Delibes
Design Kristian Fredrikson
Lighting Jason Morphett
Conductor Nigel Gaynor