Jeudi 25 avril 2013 : L'Académie Américaine de danse de Paris
For two dance performances, in conjunction with the School's literay festival.
Académie staff will present a short history of ballet and a demonstration of dance positions, giving the audience a chance to appreciate the complexity of this form of dance. During the second half of the presentation Académie students perform an excerpt of the classical ballet Coppélia. A question-and-answer session at the end will allow audience members to satisfy their curiosity about the life of a ballet dancer.
Coppélia is based on two short stories Der Sandmann (The Sandman), and Die Puppe (The Doll) by E.T.A Hoffman (1776 –1822).Hoffman is also author of the novella The Nutcracker and the mouse king, on which is based the famous Nutcracker ballet.
Académie students perform Act III of the ballet Coppélia in the Théâtre Centre Annenberg.
During a lively village festival to celebrate the presentation of a new bell to the town, the enigmatic doll-maker Dr. Coppélius introduces the villagers to his new creation. Coppélia is a mechanical doll, so life-like that everyone had previously believed she was a real girl.
In Act III, the villagers celebrate the town’s new bell with a series of dances. The bell-ringer summons the hours of the day to dance. Dawn appears, attended by flowers, prayer blesses the new bell and soars into the heavens. Spinners and harvest women begin their task and villagers young and old present spring dances. Dr. Coppélius introduces Coppélia to the village and she dances lovely variations. The celebration ends with the villagers dancing a lively final gallop.