A lighthearted ballet that tells the story of a mechanical doll that comes to life will grace the Smith Opera House stage.
(October 24, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—Canadian ballet company Ballet Jörgen will perform “Coppélia” at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, courtesy of Geneva Concerts, Inc., and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A pre-concert talk with Ballet Jörgen's choreographer, Bengt Jörgen, will begin at 7:15 p.m.
“Coppélia” has long remained one of the jewels of the classical ballet repertoire, as it represents one of the few true comedies of ballet. This full-length ballet in three acts was originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon for the Paris Opera, to a libretto by Charles Nuitter and Saint-Leon with music by Leo Delibes. It premiered May 25, 1870. Ballet Jörgen was founded in 1987 primarily in an effort to expand and improve opportunities for ballet choreographers. Their repertoire intentionally appeals to a broad range of patrons, including children, youth, students, adults and seniors.
Ballet Jörgen's children's ballet “The Velveteen Rabbit” will be performed in Geneva as a school-time performance on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Smith Opera House. They will also give a master class at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Because of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' continuing subscription to Geneva Concerts, Inc., students from the Colleges who wish to attend the concert may do so for free with ID; adult tickets are $25 and student tickets are $10 with ID.
These events have been underwritten by a major grant from an anonymous donor with additional grants and in kind support from Wegmans, the Smith Opera House, the Department of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts. This series is made possible, in part, by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.