Moscow Festival Ballet

This 19th-century bonbon of a French ballet is getting the full Russian treatment. The story of a savvy young woman, Swanhilda, who has to compete with a perfect feminine rival, the living doll Coppélia, manufactured by the somewhat sinister toymaker Dr. Coppélius might sound vaguely familiar (Nip/Tuck, Housewives of New Jersey). But this classy classic has plenty of wit, fancy dancing, gorgeous costumes, and performers with pedigrees from the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets. It's a rare treat for adults and for little girls with Barbie obsessions (Swanhilda's smarts and sass win gullible Franz in the end). (Photo ©CAMI)
Thu., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 15, 8 p.m., 2010

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