Ballet at Basildon

KVN Dance Company makes a welcome return with Kevan Allen’s magical reimagined version of the classical ballet Coppélia at Towngate Theatre, Basildon on Wednesday April 17 as part of a 16-venue UK tour.

Coppélia looks to honour the classical ballet while expanding on the story to make it relevant to audiences today. This retelling explores the eccentric toy maker, Dr Coppelius’ intent behind creating a life-size clockwork doll, Coppélia, and the impact this has on his relationship with the community of villagers and on Swanhilda’s relationship with her fiancé, Franz.

Fusing classical ballet with contemporary dance and hip-hop, Coppélia features a cast of 12 dancers who perform to the classical Delibes score imaginatively remixed by Rickard Berg and nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution.

This will not be the first visit to the Towngate Theatre for Kevan Allen, who is from Billericay. The Towngate was actually the very first stage that he performed on as a child, whilst training at Essex Dance Theatre in Basildon

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