COPPÉLIA – WA BALLET COMPANY
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATER
I’m finally back at His Majesty’s Theater to see the WA Ballet Company do what hey do best, and that is dazzle.
The show on offer this time around was Coppélia. It’s the story of a man called Dr Coppélius, who tragically loses his daughter to an illness as they are travelling and migrating to South Australia, from Germany, in 1978. Through this grieving process, the Doctor shuns the town, even refusing to help those in need of his help. Eventually, he comes up with the whacky idea of trying to bring his daughter back to life through a mechanical doll. It’s a wild premise, but the story was told beautifully through the facial expressions and eye movements of one man, and one man only – the extremely talented Matthew Lehmann. Bro. You nailed this role so well. It’s incredible how mannerisms and facial expressions being expressed so vastly can tell a story the same way that dialogue would. Huge credit goes to Matthew in his role as the doctor.
The set was designed by Hugh Colman, and again – I have to iterate how great the WA Ballet Companys sets truly are. They are so detailed and a lot goes into it. I couldn’t believe they had a balcony. I couldn’t believe they had a back drop so big like that, that could actually be moved around. Unbelievable. They really do not mess around when it comes to their sets, and costumes! (Shout out to Noelene Hill on that).
I really am not sure the name of the dancer who performed as the timid/nerdy type from the group of ladies that invaded the Doctors house, but I’d have to shout her out for her great work in her scenes because she really cracked the crowd up with her antics!
Had to also shout out the boys playing football on stage, nobody dropped the ball once. Thats a feat in itself. I bet if I were up there I would have dropped that damn thing.
I really enjoyed this story, it was quite morbid with the poisonings and home invasions, but if I had ever lived in South Australia I’m sure that would be the norm. Joking aside, the story dealt with how human beings react sometimes to grief, to curiosity, to love, to madness, and of course, to redemption. That’s what I took away from Coppélia the most. I simply cannot give away the conclusion of this story, because this is something you all should find out for yourself!
I enjoyed this show very much, and do apologize for the tardiness of this review, I have had some bad writers block, but I want to thank the WA Ballet Company again for entertaining myself and the people of Perth once again. I really do want to implore to everybody out there how a show like this is for every body. Kids, teenagers, adults, oldies – the art they perform is like no other, it needs no dialogue, because the beautiful language of dance is all they need!