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was there a 3rd act in the original Coppelia?


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#1 silvy

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 06:51 AM

Yesterday someone told me that in the original Coppelia there was no 3rd act. I would like to confirm whether this is true or not.

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#2 Alexandra

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 06:57 AM

No, there was a third act. It was considered too long, too much dancing. 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.

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 07:50 AM

Thanks so much.

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!!!!!

Silvy

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 08:57 AM

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.

Aha! That explains Balanchine's "War and Discord" section -- an acknowledgment of the loss of Bozacchi (sp?), St. Leon and their colleagues.

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."

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 09:21 AM

Yes, Saint Leon did the first production. Don't know who did the second -- silvy, you've got to get the Oxford Dictionary of Dance!!! :wub:


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