KVN Coppelia at the Cockpit

Published: 29 July 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Coppelia cast Credit: KVN Dance Company

Kevan Allen's reimagining of Coppelia, the inaugural performance by KVN Dance Company, will open at the Cockpit Theatre for a limited run from Thursday 2 to Saturday 11 September 2021.

Performing in the role of Dr Coppelius is Micheal Downing whose credits include music videos for international popstars Olly Murs, MK and Becky Hill and Peter and the Wolf at the Hackney Empire. He is joined by Marina Fraser as Swanhilder, who has danced with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and the Viviana Durante Company, and Danny Fogarty as Franz, who recently appeared in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton.

They are joined by Rosie Southall (Snow White, Wayne McGregor Reset 2020), Laura Braid (core member of BirdGang), Evonnee Bentley-Holder (Guys and Dolls, Doctor Dolittle), Ediz Ibrahim (Bridgerton, Remembering the Oscars), Tamsin January (All or Nothing—The Mod Musical), Thomas Charles (A Christmas Carol), Jeanie Ryan (Flashdance the musical), Zach Parkin (New Adventures' Edward Scissorhands, Lord of the Flies and Swan Lake), Diante Lodge (The Best of the West End) and Ellis Rose Rother (Netflix The Crown and Jingle Jangle).

While the traditional ballet focuses on Dr Coppelius, Swanhilder and the life-sized doll that comes between them, this retelling will address his intent on creating the doll and how that impacts on his relationship with the wider community of villagers.

It features a remixed version of the original Delibes score by Rickard Berg and costumes and styling by Wendy Olver.