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Coppelia is coming to Cincinnati, and you can meet the artists behind it at Beer and Ballet on October 13. / Image: Aaron M. Conway

Ballet & Beer: Don't Miss Your Opportunity To Hang With The Cincinnati Ballet Dancers

Cincinnati Ballet is inviting you to meet its artists and get the inside scoop from master choreographer Kirk Peterson at the Ballet & Beer event.

Peterson, who was resident choreographer for the Ballet from 2001-09, is returning to Cincinnati to stage the classic ballet Coppélia. He’ll be sharing his secrets at the event on Thursday, October 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Cincinnati Ballet Center in Over-the-Rhine.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. RSVP here or via phone at 513.621.5282.

As if you need another reason to go, young professionals under 40 will get an exclusive opportunity to purchase specially priced tickets for Cincinnati Ballet’s performances of Coppélia.

So head out to Ballet & Beer -- an event, by the way, I’m quite sure would only happen in Cincinnati. (In which case, thank goodness for Cincinnati.)

COPPÉLIA

People who know more about this than I do have described Coppélia as a simple story of mistaken identities, where a young buck receives a swift, karmic kick in the keister before realizing the error of his ways.

In the ballet, an engaged man, perhaps suffering a severe panic attack due to his impending nuptials, mistakes a toymaker’s doll for a human and promptly becomes infatuated with her. Shenanigans occur, the affianced says, “let’s move on,” and there's a big celebratory wedding with the young buck having learned (again) the error of his ways.

In any event, the ballet is fantastic and definitely worth seeing. According to legendary choreographer George Balanchine, if Giselle is the great tragedy of the ballet world, Coppélia is its great comedy. (And that guy knew a lot about ballet.) As for this production, it's a delightful blend of super-difficult classical ballet techniques with humor and whimsy.

That’s thanks to Peterson. And maybe if you go to Ballet & Beer, he’ll tell you how he did it.

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Here’s the RSVP link again.

Get tickets for Coppelia here. Or visit the Cincinnati Ballet’s website for more information about the show.

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