Coppelia

Teatro San Carlo

Teatro San Carlo

At the request of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, in 2009 Giorgio Mancini revisited the classical ballet  Coppelia. Giorgio Mancini’s choreography places the intrigue of the Hoffmann tale “The Sandman” in the world of dance as Coppelius takes on the role of the choreographer seeking to create the perfect dance.  

Drawing inspiration from the “disturbing strangeness” that Freud saw in the tale, the creator’s intention is to have contradictory feelings exist side by side in a continuous interplay of attraction and rejection, of pleasure and pain.  

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the birth of the Barbie doll, the costumes take their inspiration from the 1960s.  

  • Creation Date: 2009
  • Creation Place: Naples
  • Choreographer: Giorgio Mancini
  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Music: L. Delibes
  • Costumes: Giusy Giustino
  • Setting: Nicola Rubertelli
  • Lights: Giuseppe Petrella
  • Dancers: 30
Synopsis

Franz is in love with the dancing doll and incites the jealousy of his friend Swanilda with his obsessive attraction to the doll and her world. A surreal world in which Franz is increasingly unable to distinguish between the real and the unreal by which he is ultimately overwhelmed.

Coppelia - Giorgio Mancini

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Giorgio Mancini

Giorgio Mancini
After a brilliant career as a dancer with the Ballet du XXe siècle and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Giorgio Mancini was appointed director of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève at the age of 31 after having d...

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