Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Happy Days; Dance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Happy Days; Dance

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Byline: SARAH FRATER

BOLSHOI BALLET: COPPELIA Covent Garden WC2 HAVING revved us up with its spectacular Spartacus, the Bolshoi restored balletic order with the calming charms of Coppelia. It was, to those of us still reeling from the slave revolt, a welcome return to gossamer gallantry. Swanilda and Franz are a rural romance. She loves him, and he loves her back, only he can't resist a pretty face, even the one of a mechanical doll who he mistakes for a flesh-and-blood beauty. The spirited Swanilda rescues him from his mistake, and they dance happily ever after.

Coppelia is ballet's sunlit upland, with a bountiful nature, happy peasants, and philanthropic toffs. It is set in an indeterminate Arcadia with dainty flowerbeds and eternal birdsong. The good are rewarded, and the misguided set to gentle rights.

It is balm to watch, even when not perfectly cast. Last night's Swanilda and Franz were both wonderful but perhaps not for each other. …

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