Ballet in two acts with music by Léo Delibes and Milko Lazar

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  • Premiere
  • 1 hour 55 minutes with an intermission
  • Recommended age: 10+

Turmoil and confusion over a dancing doll

Swanilda and Franz are engaged to be married. But she starts to doubt his love when he responds to the advances of the mysterious Coppélia. By chance, Swanilda discovers that the amazingly beautiful Coppélia is just a mechanical doll and devises a plan to reclaim the heart of her fiancé Franz. The ballet classic is based on E. T. A. Hoffmann's disturbing short story ‹The Sandman›. However, in this case, the horror element of a lifelike doll is set against the backdrop of an ideal world. Edward Clug is able to combine both emotions in his evening of modern dance and complements the vivacious original music by Léo Delibes with new compositions by Milko Lazar. The luxurious interior created by the highly successful industrial designer Nika Zupanc ensures a seductively playful verve permeates around Coppélia on stage. Clug evokes the mysterious and the bizarre by embracing the magic of beauty.

Closing night discount 2 for 1

With our '2 for 1' promotion, you get 2 tickets for the price of one. For this production and for all other pieces which can be seen for the very last time in June! Click the button below to go directly to the shop.

Shortly before the premiere, during the final rehearsals, we invite you to take an exclusive look behind the scenes. During an initial introduction, you will get to know the artistic team and learn more about the production, inspiration and staging. Afterwards you will witness a stage rehearsal.

  • Look behind the scenes
  • Shortly before the premiere
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • CHF 10
  • Usually in German
  • Date: 2 September 2022

Fully trained teachers take care of your children while you enjoy the performance. Book when purchasing your tickets, or at the latest two days before the performance at

Date: 25 June 2023 

The culinary theatre experience. Combine your visit to the theatre with a multi-course menu at the revamped Monteverdi bar at the heart of the theatre. Can be booked for select performances at the ticket office and in the ticket shop. More 

Supported by Kantonsspital Baselland, the Medical Partner of  Ballett Theater Basel.

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Die Basler Inszenierung ist formal sehr fantasievoll und vielschichtig aufgebaut. Die Tänzerinnen und Tänzer verbinden sich hervorragend mit dem Bühnenraum und faszinieren durch abwechslungsreiche und poetische Repetitionen und ein eigenwilliges Bewegungsrepertoire. Edward Clug gelingt es mit dieser Neuinterpretation des Ballettklassikers, das Publikum zu fesseln und zu verführen.

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