Went on a Friday night then to a Saturday matinée in Melbourne to the Palais Theatre – covered in scaffolding, but still somehow more atmosphere than the State Theatre in the Arts Centre. I understand the raked stage is not popular with the dancers as they are more used to dancing on flat stages, but somehow Coppélia suited the venue perfectly.

Friday night’s cast was Amy Harris as Swanilda with guest artist and former TAB dancer Luke Ingham as Franz, Saturday’s was Dimity Azoury and Jarryd Madden.

Lovely as it was to see Ingham dancing with the company again, I would hazard a guess that he and Harris had not had much rehearsal time together.

Azoury and Madden, on the other hand, have both gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years, and gave us a really rather sparkly and enjoyable performance.