Stage & Dance

Kentucky Ballet Theatre ends season with 'Coppélia'

Kentucky Ballet Theatre closes its 2009-10 season this weekend with a show that has a long history in ballet and a history with the company.

Coppélia, an 1870 ballet, with music by Léo Delibes, was based on stories by E.T.A. Hoffman, the same guy whose tales inspired the most enduring franchise in ballet, The Nutcracker. Based on two of his stories, Coppélia tells the tale of a doll brought to life by a mad doctor, and the villager who falls in love with her.

The ballet was one of the first productions by the dancers who eventually would comprise Kentucky Ballet Theatre when it launched in 1998, under the original name, Ballet Theatre of Lexington.

RICH COPLEY, rcopley@herald-leader.com

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