was there a 3rd act in the original Coppelia?
Posted 22 June 2004 - 06:51 AM
Thanks a lot
Posted 22 June 2004 - 06:57 AM
Posted 22 June 2004 - 07:50 AM
I understand that the very first production had choreography by Saint Leon, is this correct?
And who was responsible for the revival without the 3rd act?
Sorry for so many questions!!!!!
Posted 22 June 2004 - 08:57 AM
Aha! That explains Balanchine's "War and Discord" section -- an acknowledgment of the loss of Bozacchi (sp?), St. Leon and their colleagues.
The ballet was only in repertory for a few performances before the Franco-Prussian War broke out. When the ballet was revived after the war (when many of the people connected to the original production, including the young ballerina and the choreographer) had died, the third act was cut.
It adds a sense of poignancy to the dance, doesn't it? Makes the whole production a kind of tribute. Balanchine now seems to be saying, "I'm making a new third act, but I will remember the tragedy of war."
Posted 22 June 2004 - 09:21 AM
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