• Kingsport Ballet To Stage Beloved Ballet - Coppelia April 2021 Production at Niswonger Performing Arts Center

    • Share:
    March 09, 2021
    Press Release – For Immediate Release
    Contact: Bertina Dew, Executive Director Mobile: 423-863-1280 Email:  dewbertina@gmail.com Kingsport Ballet – 201 Cherokee Street – Kingsport, TN 37660
    Kingsport Ballet To Stage Beloved Ballet - Coppelia April 2021 Production at Niswonger Performing Arts Center
    Kingsport, TN – After more than 25 years, Kingsport Ballet prepares to re-stage the ballet classic, Coppelia, under the artistic direction of Valeria Sinyavskaya and the assistant direction of Leonid Flegmatov. The full-length ballet is set to be performed at NPAC in Greeneville on April 16th and 17th,
    2021. The plan is for audiences to attend the ballet in person in limited numbers as well as virtually. Should that change in the coming months, audiences will once again be able to purchase livestream tickets.
    While this ballet was originally staged in 1870 in Paris by the Imperial Theater Opera (later Paris Opera Ballet) The original choreographer was Arthur St. Leon to the music of Leo Delibes, but modern-day productions are traditionally derived from the revivals staged by Marius Petipa for the  Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg in the late 19th century.
    Coppelia is a lightly comic ballet centered around a doll, Coppelia, who was lovingly created by the eccentric toy-maker Dr. Coppelius. She is so life-like that a handsome village boy is infatuated with her and determined to win her love, despite the fact that he is already engaged to be married to Swanhilda!
    Set in the old-world village of Galicia, the ballet in three acts takes the audience along on an entertaining and charming ride, from the village in Act One, into Dr. Coppelius' study in Act Two, where in the shadows all manner of life-size toys appear so realistic as be able to move and dance and play all on their own. Though at times comical, the plot gets complicated and heart-wrenching, as Swanhilda and her friends sneak into Dr. Coppelius' study and fool him into believing Coppelia, his masterpiece, has come to life.
    We are very happy to be staging Coppelia in full this spring, after last year's preparations were cut short due to the Covid-19 quarantine,” said artistic director Valeria Sinyavskaya. “Unlike the grand, regal ballets that we usually stage, such as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia is charming and approachable, and the perfect ballet for our current company.”
    The cast of Coppelia will be made up of Kingsport Ballet Company's own dancers and in-house professionals, as well as students from the school. Dr. Coppelius will be performed by KB's own Leonid Flegmatov. The lead ballerina and Kingsport Ballet student, Sophie Kooy, is a recent recipient of the Grand Prix, along with her partner Garrett Frierson, at the Jewels Ballet Competition in New York for their performance of the pas de deux from Coppelia. Garrett also received the “Best Boy” Grand Prix award, and their pas de deux from Coppelia was selected for a special judge's award by Era Juravlev, director of the Joffrey Ballet Academy in New York.
    Assistant Artistic Director, Leonid Flegmatov, received 2nd place Best Teacher Award at the festival, and Kingsport Ballet received the Grand Prix 2nd Place Award for Best School. Other Kingsport Ballet students, Mia Christie and Morgan Mullins also received 2nd and 3rd place awards respectively.
    We are excited to stage this ballet with our own advanced dancers and professionals in the lead roles – all Kingsport Ballet dancers. We are proud of the high level training our teachers provide to make such a production possible,” said executive director, Bertina Dew.

    Area artists and designers have collaborated to create sets and re-create costumes for this production.
    Kingsport Ballet is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, under an agreement with the General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. As a member of Tennesseeans for the Arts, Kingsport Ballet promotes specialty license plates, which help support the arts in the state of Tennessee: www.tnspecialtyplates.org Outreach programs are partly funded by the City of Kingsport.