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alison

14-02-00, 01:17 PM (GMT)
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"A little-known story about Coppelia"
 
   When Saint-Léon was creating the ballet of Coppelia, the ballerina (whose name I forget) dancing the role of Swanhilda was ill for part of the time, and was only able to work on Acts I and III. So that the ballet could be completed in time for the opening night, Saint-Léon therefore took a girl from the corps de ballet and used her to create the second-act dances. Unfortunately, the ballerina was still not entirely well by opening night and did not have enough stamina for all three acts, and so it was decided that the corps girl should dance the second act as she was familiar with it. In fact, she danced it beautifully and was very well received. As a result, in all ensuing productions of the ballet, in tribute to this young dancer, the ballerina is left locked in a cupboard for virtually the entire second act, while a young dancer who has only just joined the company dancers all those beautifully showy character solos.

A true story? Well, Ann Sacks certainly thinks so! (See Kate's posting on the Links for wb 7th Feb. for further details).


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  RE: A little-known story about Coppelia Kate R 14-02-00 1
     RE: A little-known story about Coppelia Fuzzyface 14-02-00 2
  RE: A little-known story about Coppelia Stephanie Wragg 15-02-00 3
     RE: A little-known story about Coppelia alison 15-02-00 4
         RE: A little-known story about Coppelia Jane S 15-02-00 5

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Kate R

14-02-00, 05:09 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: A little-known story about Coppelia"
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   If you listen carefully you can heard an erratic drum beat. This is actually the pricipal dancer banging on the door to be let out.


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Fuzzyface

14-02-00, 05:19 PM (GMT)
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   Was the dancer called Sackhilda? You know, the one who was reknown for dancing her way into sacks and later became a prima ballerina in the ballet version of "Clueless" and it's sequel "Clueless - the get real years"


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Stephanie Wragg

15-02-00, 09:52 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: A little-known story about Coppelia"
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   How interesting!

I believe the principal dancer was ill because of hunger. I have read that at the time of the creation of Coppelia, the Franco-Prussian war was in full swing and Paris besieged or at least cut-off from supplies. Thus, young Giuseppina Bozzachi danced the premiere and apparently died shortly after. Looking at the photos of the era however, she looks quite healthy compared to today's dancers.


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alison

15-02-00, 05:26 PM (GMT)
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   Wasn't she the one who burned to death? Or was that the creator of Giselle?


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Jane S

15-02-00, 06:37 PM (GMT)
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   No, she died of a fever, on her 17th birthday. The one who was burned to death was Emma Livry, who created Papillon.


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