Singapore Dance Theatre will be opening its 25th Silver Anniversary season with the charming full-length classical ballet, Coppélia - the girl with enamel eyes. This light-hearted ballet is based on the book by Charles Nuitter, after E.T.A. Hoffman's "Der Sandmann" which tells the humorous tale of love and mistaken identity.
Three dancers from Coppélia answer some questions for us about their love for dance.
When and how did you start dancing?
The Ballet Manila School was conducting auditions when I was encouraged by a friend to give it a try. At the age of 16, without any idea of what dancing ballet was like, I was accepted as a full scholar because they believed my body proportion was suitable for ballet.
How did you come to be in Singapore and at the Singapore Dance Theatre?
In 2011, SDT and Ballet Manila did a collaboration for Ballet Under the Stars. Two weeks later, SDT came to Manila to perform alongside Ballet Manila for Masterpiece in Motion. SDT caught my attention because of their power and passion as performing artists. I auditioned and was accepted to join the company by SDT's Mr. Schergen. With the blessing of Ballet Manila's artistic director, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, I moved to Singapore to pursue a career with SDT.
How has it been rehearsing for Coppélia?
This is my first time performing in Coppélia and I am thrilled to be part of it. I have been rehearsing the corps and understudying main lead Franz as well. I am very excited to experience this captivating ballet!
Can you tell us what to expect in SDT's Coppélia?
SDT's Coppélia is arranged so eloquently, you will definitely be able to immerse yourself in the story. Mr. Schergen is very particular with conveying emotions and storytelling, I’m pretty sure the audience will not only see, but feel what the characters are feeling too.
What attracted you to this role/piece?
I love this ballet because it's so happy and full of life. Each of the characters have their own mood and colour which makes this story more interesting and vivid.