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Holt Ballet Conservatory presents ‘Coppelia’


WHO: The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Holt Ballet Conservatory present

WHAT: Coppelia

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday - Friday, May 30 and 31, Box Office 5:30 p.m.,

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: $15 Adults, $12 Students, and available online, in person at

BriarPatch Co-Op, and by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry

INFO: http://www.minersfoundry.org and 530-265-5462

Holt Ballet Conservatory and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center present “Coppelia” Thursday and Friday. Since “Coppelia”’s debut with the Paris Opera Ballet in 1870, it has become one of the world’s most popular story ballets. Holt Ballet Conservatory, under the direction of Yelena Holt, brings the original choreography back to life on the Miners Foundry stage complete with sets, costumes, guest professional dancers, and talented soloists and corps.

“Coppelia,” based on E.T.A Hoffmann’s “The Sandman,” tells the story of Swanhilda and Franz, whose relationship is threatened after an eccentric doll-maker named Doctor Coppélius successfully creates a doll — Coppelia — with a soul of its own. Doctor Coppélius is not unlike Hoffmann’s sinister Herr Drosselmeyer in “The Nutcracker” or the macabre Svengali-like traveling magician of the same name in Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann.”

Franz initially falls in love with Coppelia, and Swanhilda is greatly angered that Franz would be flirting with another girl the day before their wedding. The clever and mischievous Swanhilda hatches a plan to recapture the affections of her sweetheart.

“I’ve always loved storytelling, and a story ballet captures the best of live theater. Its sets, costumes, music and athleticism of the dancers create something unique and special on stage,” said Holt.

“‘Coppelia’ is especially fun to produce as the dancers are inspired by the story line, the exciting choreography and the beautiful array of costumes, and audiences enjoy the variety of entertaining characters and happy endings.”

Playing the role of Swanhilda is Holly Warner. Warner has danced from the age of 5 and is trained in ballet, modern and jazz. Last summer, Warner spent six weeks at the American Dance Festival at Duke University. Kermit Allen plays Franz in “Coppelia.” Allen attended the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. During his college years, he received training from the Royal Danish Ballet and from Alexander Bondarenko of the Bolshoi Ballet. He has danced with ballet companies in New York City, Austin, Texas, and now in Sacramento, where he teaches at the founding school of the Sacramento Ballet. Performing the role of Dr. Coppelius is Hilary Brown. Brown attended the Lines Ballet School in San Francisco. Rounding out the cast of dancers are Annie Aguilar, Andrea Amdall and Raina Garfinkel.

Set designer Pam Hodges and lighting designer Tom Taylor have created a whimsical stage for the dancers that transports audiences of all ages to an enchanting Austrian-Hungarian village where a doll could indeed come to life. This is the second collaboration on a dance production between Holt Ballet Conservatory and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The first was a successful production of “The Nutcracker” last winter.

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