It is a little known fact that, like the Brazilian dance form capoeira, ballet started out as a type of self defence. Its origins lie in the rough and tumble of courtly life in Renaissance Italy.
If a young lady of the court was being harassed by an unwelcome suitor during a dance then she would see him off with a perfectly executed fouetté jeté.
This translates directly as ‘In your dreams, pal’ but it’s actually a technical ballet term which describes an elegant but painful kick to the shins.
Ballet has moved on from those early boisterous days and this Big Deal gives you an un-missable chance to watch the world famous Moscow Ballet perform Coppelia.
The Moscow Ballet of Classical Choreography – ‘La Classique’ was founded in 1990 by its current director Elik Melikov.
It comprises stunning ballet dancers from the leading theatres of the CIS Countries and the Bolshoi, Kirov and Ballet Theatres of Kiev, Odessa, Tbilisi and Perm.
A beguiling and much loved tale, Coppelia is regarded as one of the jewels of classical ballet and represents one of its true comedies.
With a plot involving a clockwork woman; her admirer and his understandably miffed fiancée, Coppelia is essentially a rom-com.
Naturally, true love eventually wins the day in this genuinely enchanting tale of eccentric Doctor Coppelius and his clockwork creation.
A hugely enjoyable dance spectacular, Coppelia is perfect for ballet lovers and ballet newbies alike.
The ballet will be performed at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 6th March 2011, 7.30pm.