Moving one's body to the rhythm of music is a natural human instinct, just like running from the sound of lightning or inventing a telephone. See instincts elevated into art with this GrouponLive deal: for $32, you get two main floor tickets to see Coppélia, presented by the Butler Ballet and the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Clowes Memorial Hall (up to an $80.60 value, including all fees). Choose from the following dates:
- Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m.
The students of the Butler Ballet wrap up their season with Coppélia, a comic tale of love, wizardry, and perfectly lifelike dolls based on a lesser-known novel of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Pirouetting to Léo Delibes's sprightly, pastoral score—performed by the Butler Symphony Orchestra—the ballet navigates a love triangle between fiancés Swanhilde and Franz and the beautiful, mysteriously unflappable woman residing at the local mad scientist's house. As Swanhilde strives to prove the woman's unreality to her moonstruck, slightly dim husband-to-be, Dr. Coppelius reveals sinister designs for creating automatons that need only a soul and the ability to get hangnails to become fully human. Franz struggles to decide if he loves his human bride or the doctor's exquisite simulacrum, leading up to an ending that lands with unexpectedly humorous grace. Located on Butler's leafy downtown campus, Clowes Memorial Hall has been hosting accessible cultural events in its lavish red and gold auditorium for more than 40 years.