A review of English National Ballet's "My First Ballet: Coppelia" by Louise Levene.
Sadly, the entire delightful enterprise has been derailed, yet again, by the insistence on an on-stage narrator, in the shape of batty old toymaker Dr Coppelius (a thankless task for ENB junior soloist Daniel Kraus). I can understand the need for a little spoon-feeding – Swanilda sitting downstage tying her shoe ribbons and introducing the main characters would be helpful. But having a protagonist in this very straightforward story capering about stating the obvious (Where’s my key? My front door! It’s open!) is an insult to the intelligence of even the doziest three-year-old.
A preview of the production.
Dancers will wear the sumptuous costumes from the company's full production and the production is directed by English National Ballet's Associate Artist George William. George is a young British choreographer and graduate of English National Ballet School.