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Dance REVIEW: Scottish Ballet - Coppelia - ★★★★★

Updated: Sep 25, 2022

What does it mean to be human in a world of artificial intelligence?

Scottish Ballet presents its most ambitious production yet – a jaw-dropping, contemporary rework of Coppélia that took the Edinburgh International Festival by storm, wowing critics and audiences alike.

This thrilling new version of the ballet, which tells the story of Silicon Valley’s hottest new inventor Dr Coppélius and his latest AI creation ‘Coppélia’, is choreographed and directed by UK-based duo Morgann Runacre-Temple and Jessica Wright (known as Jess and Morgs), building on their previous award-wining film works for Scottish Ballet, Tremble and The Secret Theatre.

Expect Jess and Morgs’ trademark humour, with sharp, witty solos, beautiful pas de deux and exhilarating full ensemble scenes paired with cinematic live projections. The original Delibes score is reimagined as part of an extraordinary new composition by Mikael Karlsson and Michael P Atkinson, performed live with vigour by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Breaking down the boundaries of dance, theatre and film, this pioneering new adaptation will warp audiences’ sense of reality, leaving them wondering what is real and what is artificial, as they are lured into Dr Coppelius’ world of robots and clones.



Glasgow Theatre Royal until Saturday 24th September

Aberdeen 29th September - 1st October

Inverness 6th October - 8th October



Stewart - ★★★★★

"This is an astonishing piece of work, completely mesmermising and fittingly enough experimenting with how technology can support and heighten a dance performance. There's certainly a lot of money been put into this but it's worth of every penny for the cinematic quality that this oustanding production brings.

It's a modern day updating of a classic ballet that shows a revolutionary tech giant experimenting with Artificial Intelligence. The choreography, the set, the dancers, the outstanding orchestra, it truly is a theatrical feast. I'll never forget this production it will stay with me a long time.

That's not to say that it's all flash because two of my favourite dances in the piece comes when there's only two of the ensemble on stage: the opening gives a quirky '40s noir feel as our investigator and husband enter the corporation. Then later a full blast Frankenstein dancing with his monster as the Steve Jobs-like mastermind dances with his robot. That music is outstanding as well.

Anyway if you get the chance to see this, do so! Even if not a ballet fan - this is something special."


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