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Coppelia


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LVEFTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dorothee Gilbert, Mathias Heymann, Jose Martinez, and Fabrice Bourgeois perform in this Opera national de Paris production of the Delibes/Bart opera conducted by Koen Kessels.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. M WILINSKY VINE VOICE on November 9, 2011
Patrice Bart has made a career out of recasting traditional ballets(among other activities). His Swan Lake and Nutcracker are among my favorites. He tends to make these ballets more interesting to contemporary audiences by making the storyline more appealing to adults as well as infusing the ballets with more dancing by both men and women, correcting many of the historical imbalances. This activity is not as intrusive as some might think, since ballets have always been modified frequently throughout the centuries. Even Petipa was constantly altering his work. This is due, in part, to the complexity of the ballet medium, involving collaborations with many artists. It is never under the control of a single artist, putting it in contrast to some extent with musical composition.
Bart has created a real masterpiece with this version of Coppelia! While it still maintains its comical nature, he has also added a greater romantic, and at times, bittersweet component. This is an entirely classical ballet version; there is not a trace of modernity. First of all, to avoid confusion, let me point out that there is the addition of one main character who serves as competition to the love interest between Swanilda and Frantz. But the automaton builder is here called "Spalanzani" and the new love interest is "Coppelius", so we have a kind of "musical chairs" as far as the names of the characters go. But just keep in mind that the new love interest is called "Coppelius". The storyline here is definitely more robust, if not more confusing, but part of that confusion is that this is all new to us. It actually makes more sense than the idea of old Dr. Coppelius building a girl automaton to keep himself company.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By danrubin06 on January 19, 2012
Patrice Bart's unique take on Coppélia is definitely something worth watching. This version takes the more sinister side of the original story of E.T.A. Hoffmann, with additional music by Delibes (since the original score is far too cheerful for a sinister version). The ballet begins with a curtain (by Ezio Toffolutti), illustrating scrolls of sketches of the human body, ways to make the ideal doll. With this curtain, the theme of the objectification of women as dolls becomes clear. The first act illustrates Swanilda and her love for the simple, young Frantz and her love for Coppélius, a middle-aged, handsome owner of a doll shop. In the second act, Coppélius, deranged and desperate to bring his deceased lover to life, intends to kill Swanilda and take her skin and soul to animate the doll of his former lover. Swanilda dances character dances (which are metaphorically, aspects of her personality) to deter him from her, though this only excites him even more. In the end, her young love, Frantz comes to save the day, and they dance an elegant pas de deux.
What makes this version exceptional is the story, choreography, emotional depth, and the artists themselves. The choreography, though extremely technically challenging, never looks messy and frantic, like many modern choreographers make the mistake of doing. Each movement is there for a reason, and it perfects the image of Coppélia. The main characters have multiple personalities in this version, and it makes the production emotionally powerful. Swanilda dances both the roles of the down-to-Earth Swanilda, and of the ethereal doll, Coppélia. Dorothée Gilbert (who dances this dual role) is absolutely stunning; she has excellent technique and amazing artistic potential.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By French Critic on January 30, 2012
Inasmuch as I like Monsieur Bart personally, I cannot stomach his works, because he simply does not add anything of value to the ballets he "over-writes." One or two clever touches here and there does not make one a good choreographer. Even if the DVD were entitled, "Choreography by Bart, set to incidental music by Delibes" (as one reviewer seems to suggest, for the sake of truth in advertising), it would not be worth the money. I would have walked out of the performance I attended at the Palais Garnier, had I not paid a small fortune for tickets.

Sole positive point(e): Dorothee Gilbert is an up-and-coming Etoile with a great future ahead of her at the POB.
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