Coppélia: Reviews round-up

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English National Ballet’s enchanting Coppélia opened at the London Coliseum on 23 July. Here is a sample of what the critics had to say:

**** The Telegraph [Read Full Review]

“[Acosta] is an unquestionably strong dancer in his own right, blessed with an easy athleticism and a seductive twinkly in his eye.”

“Perfect for all ages”

“[The score] fizzes with movement and melody.” 

**** The Arts Desk [Read Full Review]

“A rollicking pleasure.”

“The dancers are charming and the orchestra means business.”

“Yet again, ENB have given us a thoroughly delightful evening at the ballet.”

**** Sunday Express [Read Full Review]

“Happily [Kase] was able to let rip in the final wedding celebrations and it was a joy to watch her relax and use her impressive technique to lift the simple steps on to another level and take us with her.”

“ENB’s Coppelia in designer Desmond Healey’s delightful cuckoo clock fantasy land is as much a satisfying treat for lovers of dance as ever it was.”

**** The Times [Read Full Review]

“The effervescent Delibes score is an unalloyed pleasure, the story is light-hearted, family friendly, and the choreography is filled with joy.”

“Gavin Sutherland conducted the ENB Orchestra with a bouncy spirit – you could almost imagine him on his tiptoes in the pit.”

The Guardian
“English National Ballet’s rising talent made striking role debuts on opening night. Shiori Kase’s Swanilda is sharp as a stoat: she can do a lot with a shrug. As Franz, Yonah Acosta has a plush sense of physical comedy – he swaggers like a priapic doofus, but spins with vim as the wedding toasts kick in – while Kase’s whizzy footwork binds them together.”