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Coppélia is an emotional but comic ballet performed in Paris. Its original choreography has been done by Arthur Saint-Léon to a ballet libretto by Saint-Léon and Charles Nuittier. The music of the Ballet is contributed by Léo Delibes. The Ballet was based upon a gruesome story 'The Sandman' written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. This story was published in 1815. The inspired ballet was premiered on May 25, 1870 at the Paris Opera. The role of the leading Character Coppelia was performed by Giuseppina Bozzachi. The first phase of the success was discontinued by the Franco-Prussian War and the siege of Paris. But this ballet became the most-performed and successful ballet at the Opera Garnier later.

Coppelia is the story of a beautiful girl Coppelia, Her father Doctor Coppélius and two lovers who are getting married very soon. In the ballet, Coppelia is life size dancing doll. She doesn't speak to anyone in the village, even the most loving and chirpy girl of village, Swanilde is unable to catch her attention. Once a village swain was blowing kisses to Coppelia when she was sitting in the balcony. He is spotted by Swanilde who is hurt by his act. Because they are in love and soon to get married. Franz is infatuated with Coppelia though he is truly in love with Swanilde. In Act II, Swanilde goes to Coppelia and says her Hello. But she was amazed to learn that Coppelia is a Doll. She and Franz, both spotted by Dr. Coppelius who has made this beautiful doll. Franz is caught by the Doctor. He asked for the hand of Coppelia from her father as wished to marry her. Dr. takes him for a drink and giving him a pill in the drink, makes him fall asleep. He wanted Franz life forced into his Doll to make it alive. In this Act, Swanilde shows Franz his folly, by dressing as the doll Coppelia. She pretends as if she has come to life. But soon they fled from the spot ditching Dr. Coppelius. In Act III, The festive wedding-day advertisements are presented with dances though it has been deleted in modern day dance versions. In this wonderful ballet, many shades has been presented beautifully. If Mary Shelley's Frankenstein represents the dark side of the theme in which the scientist is the creator of life, then on the other hand, Coppelia is the light side. If Giselle is presented as a tragedy set in a peasant village, then Coppélia is a comedy in the same setting. The part of Franz was danced en travestie, a convention that amused the male members of the Jockey-Club de Paris and was retained in Paris until after World War II.
The lead ballet dancer of the story Giuseppina Bozzacchi was a 16 year old young student dancer. She had a great talent and was expected to have a great career ahead of her but unfortunately caught cholera during the siege of Paris and died at his next birthday.

The story has been influenced from many travelling shows of the late 18th and early 19th centuries starring mechanical automatons. Though this field of art and entertainment has been under-documented, the latest survey of the field is contained in The Mechanical Turk by Tom Standage in 2002. The ballet is loved for its folk dances and interesting story. This two hour ballet makes the audience stick to their seats in amusement.