Australian ballet regional tour of copplia opens in Griffith

The Australian Ballet is thrilled to be bringing the much-loved ballet Coppélia to regional and remote communities in Australia in 2019.

The critically acclaimed production will commence its regional tour with two fantastic shows at Griffith Regional Theatre on Saturday 3 August at 1.30pm and 7.30pm.

Artistic Director David McAllister said: “Coppélia is one of the iconic works in The Australian Ballet’s repertoire and is a ballet we have performed around the globe. This production will bring magic and joyous dancing to audiences in regional Australia and makes for an inspiring night in the theatre.”

“Our regional tour is a vital link to the audience who love ballet around the country. So many of our dancers through the years have come from remote and regional areas and to have the opportunity to see their national ballet company in or close to their home town is important to ensure dancers from around Australia continue to aspire and dream big,” he said.

Transporting audiences from the everyday to a magical world, Coppélia is a spectacular production, set to Léo Delibes’ cheery score, perfect for the whole family.

Manager of Griffith Regional Theatre, Raina Savage, said “Audiences will meet lovers Swanilda and Franz and their neighbour Dr Coppelius, an eccentric toy maker who dreams of bringing his mechanical toys to life. Dr Coppelius has a daughter who is not what she seems and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s sinister doll-filled lair – with the help of some fancy footwork.”

“Bursting with sorcery and masquerade, romance and high jinks, this is the funniest, sunniest ballet audiences will see in 2019,” Ms Savage said.

During the tour, The Australian Ballet will also ‘deep-dive’ into the local communities through activities for children, schools and community groups beyond the stage.

Dance lovers in Griffith can book on-line for a unique interactive peek ‘behind the curtain’. Participants will watch as dancers take class on stage and fine-tune their technique in preparation for a performance. This is a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to prepare for a performance.

Executive Director Libby Christie said: “The Australian Ballet Regional Tour is a highlight on our annual calendar. This is a vital initiative in our commitment to engaging with local communities across the nation and sharing not only our artistry, but our people and resources through a hands-on community approach. We believe in the transformative power of dance and strive to touch the hearts and minds of as many people as possible in all corners of the country through our regional touring.”

The tour is expected to reach more than 5,000 audience members in regional locations across three states, showcasing the artistry and technical skills of performers of The Australian Ballet and graduating students of The Australian Ballet School.

The Australian Ballet will also engage with local communities through education and community programs. As part of the tour, The Australian Ballet’s Education team will visit 15 schools in regional Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, giving more than 3,600 students the chance to experience free fun and immersive workshops.

The Australia Ballet Regional Tour is made possible thanks to the support of Principal Partner, Telstra.

Telstra’s Group Executive of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Carmel Mulhern said: “The Company’s 35-year partnership with The Australian Ballet has helped connect more Australians in regional cities and towns with the magic of ballet.”

Coppélia is at Griffith Regional Theatre on Saturday 3 August at 1.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets: Adult $65; Concession $55; Member $55; Child $32; Groups 10+ $55; Family (2 + 2) $188

Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office, by calling 6962 8444 or visit

Behind the Curtain – Saturday 3 August 12.00pm. Bookings essential.

What the critics had to say:

“Kristian Fredrikson’s costumes and sets are sumptuous, the dancing is neat and engaging, and children in particular will enjoy the story.” The Age

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