Coppélia Again

More videos and some fun pictures from Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of  George Balanchine’s Coppélia. ❤

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Quote on Emeralds

“For all its beauty and hazy, mysterious texture, Faure’s music […] wafts a melancholy perfume. At the end of “Emeralds,” four women leave and three men drop to a knee, nobly seeking a love that eludes them. […]

“Emeralds” uses Faure’s incidental music for plays, “Pelleas and Melisande” and the “Shylock” music for “The Merchant of Venice.” A dramatic thrust emerges from the apparently misty sound. The legend of Pelleas and Melisande – doomed lovers – is a clue to the unattainable happiness Balanchine’s cavaliers seek at the close. […] In “Emeralds,” he gave us the most unreal of his ballets.”

– Anna Kisselgoff, “Dance; Degas, Faure, and French Romanticism

Emeralds Degas 1
Adapted from Wikimedia Commons Public Domain Image.

Fun Fact

Adolphe Adam, composer of the ballet Giselle, is most famous for writing the melody for what song?

Answer: “O Holy Night”

Angels Painting
Detail from “La Vierge aux anges” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905). Wikimedia Commons Public Domain Image.

Can You Relate?

Aurora Variation Sleeping Clara's Coffee Break1
Created with “Aurora_Ballet_20120504_083” by Greg Gamble. Licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic. [Changes to photo: cropped, filters, text, and background added]