The fall gala season for A.V.A. Ballet Theatre opens with the classic ballet Coppélia on September 16th and 17th at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Choreographed by Alexander Van Alstyne, Coppélia is the captivating story of the doll created by Doctor Coppelius. The fanatical doll maker has created Coppélia to be his companion and secretly dreams of discovering a way of bringing her to life.
Baker Swanilda and her lover Franz are also intrigued by the life-like Coppélia. Each of them dances in hopes of attracting the doll’s attention. Throughout the ballet, the doctor, Swanilda and Franz each seek the attention of the girl they all eventually believe is alive.
This classic story is filled with mesmerizing dance, intrigue, and is fun for the entire family. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the exciting score with Jason Altieri as the conductor.
Outstanding guest principal dancers who have danced with Salt Lake City’s Ballet West and the Milwaukee Ballet will perform with the large cast from A.V.A. Ballet Theatre.
The Saturday September 16th performance will be held at 8pm and the Sunday September 17th performance will be at 2pm. Ticket prices for adults are $30 to $60. Ticket prices for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older are $25 to $55. For tickets call the Pioneer Center at 775-434-1050 or on-line at pioneercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm.
A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.