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Dance review: Oklahoma City Ballet opens season with humor-tinged ‘Coppelia'

Dance review: The Oklahoma City Ballet production of “Coppelia” emphasized humorous aspects of the popular ballet.
Published: October 28, 2011

She excelled as an actress, though, in the second act that takes place in the workshop of Dr. Coppelius as she fools him into thinking his doll has come alive. Kawamura and Mills, who played Coppelius, combined perfect comedic timing with the ability to make every choreographed phrase look spontaneous, to the great enjoyment of the audience.

Swanhilda's lover Franz was danced by Yui Sato, a dancer new to the company this year. Sato has stage presence and clear, clean technique. It will be interesting to see him in other roles throughout the season.

Standout moments for the corps de ballet included the first act mazurka/czardas that was danced with great verve and energy, as well as the lyrical third act “Waltz of the Hours,” which featured another new dancer, Ellany Abbott. Grace Medaugh's dancing was luminous and airy in the Dawn variation, also in the final act.

While not a virtuosic showpiece, OKC Ballet's “Coppelia” provided a happy, fun-filled and visually appealing production perfectly suited to the youthful energy of the OKC Ballet.

— Kathleen Redwine


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