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USC Dance Conservatory to perform ‘Coppélia’ April 22 and 23

The University of South Carolina’s Dance Conservatory will perform “Coppélia” April 22 and 23 at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Both shows will begin at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $16 for the public; $14 for military; USC faculty and staff; and $10 for students. Call 777-5112 or 251-2222 to charge by phone.

Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Sandman,” “Coppélia” is full of humor and ballet mime. The ballet chronicles the story of Swanilda and Franz, whose relationship is threatened after a doll-maker successfully creates a doll – Coppélia - with a soul of its own. Though Franz initially falls in love with Coppélia, he eventually comes to realize she is only a doll and tries to reconcile with Swanilda.

“It is a special opportunity for our dance students, and for the audience, to enjoy a ballet that has been performed for 140 years in theatres across the world,” said Marissa Freeman, administrative director and ballet mistress for the conservatory. The ballet premiered in 1870 at the Theatre Imperial de l’Opera in Paris, she said.

Junior dance-performance majors Olivia Anderson of Augusta and McCree O’Kelley of Columbia will perform the roles of Swanilda and Franze, respectively. The show includes 110 children, ranging in age from 3 to 16, dancing a variety of roles, including Flowers, Cupids, Village Children, Joy, Chinese Dolls, Scottish Dolls, Dresden Dolls, Spanish Dolls, Mazurka, Czardas, Waltz of the Hours and friends.

For more information, contact Kevin Bush at 777-9353 or


  • What: Ballet, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Sandman,” full of humor and ballet mime
  • Who: USC Dance Conservatory to perform
  • When: 6 p.m. April 22 and 23
  • Where: Koger Center for the Arts

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Posted: 04/05/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 04/07/10 @ 1:09 PM | Permalink