Mini-review – Coppelia – Royal Ballet

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Recap: Royal Ballet’s Coppelia is awfully fun, but it’s really just a good ballet, with Swanhilde such a spunky character and her girl gang just fun, fun, fun. The costumes for this production were rather corny – her boyfriend’s pal looked like the Lucky Charms leprechaun, and the girls in the yellow and black checked tops with fluffy white skirts were hopefully feeling rather embarassed. It was very 1950s. However, the folk dancing in the first scene was all very athletic, and Swanhilde was brilliant in the scene in Dr. Coppelius’s lab (when she was playing the doll) as well as her final pas de deux with her (rescued) boyfriend, so I forgive it its dustiness and love it as the charmer it is. And through good fortune the person who’d bought J’s neighboring seat did not turn up and we got to sit together after the first act.

Afterwards we did a little shopping, or tried to, but the crowds were too thick and the lines too long pretty much everywhere we went, and we didn’t even so much as buy the toaster I was planning on getting. We finally escaped and went to Victoria to hit the Mexican food grocery I’d read about online a while back, and it was actually open and we were able to buy tortillas and salsa, yay. I had basically collapsed from exhaustion and Too Many Damned People (and probably No Lunch) by then and called it a day. I’m waking up now, though, and should be heading out soon.

(This review is for a performance that took place on November 3, 2007, and was migrated from another journal. I was too poor then to afford a program – sorry about that.)

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