Royal New Zealand Ballet members Sir Jon Trimmer and Lucy
Green get into character for Coppelia with a visit to
The Doll's House Dance Shop, in Dunedin, this week.
Sir Jon (74) arrived in Dunedin on Monday with the rest of
the dancers for performances of Coppelia at the Regent
Theatre tomorrow and Friday.
They will be accompanied by the Southern Sinfonia.
''This tour has been great fun. It's an absolutely wonderful
fantasy and family story, with a little love story,'' he said
In the RNZB's latest production, Sir Jon plays mysterious
inventor Dr Coppelius, who creates a life-size doll.
''I've been doing that for years, off and on,'' he joked.
Remarkably, he is reprising a role that he first performed
for the RNZB in 1964.
''It is a wonderful ballet for all audiences, with
exhilarating character dances, including the show-stopping
czardas Hungarian folk dance, wonderful classical solos and
pas de deux,'' RNZB ballet master Martin Vedel said.
''It will appeal to everyone,'' Ms Green, who plays the title
role of Coppelia, said.
''It's a really great ballet for kids. All the dolls are a
lot of fun.''