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'It’s big, bold, ambitious fun,

and smartly done'


‘Darkly thrilling....full of infectious energy’


'eerily beautiful...this Coppélia is a successful stride into ballet’s future'

THE Guardian


'ambitious and punchy....

a ground breaking production'

the scotsman

'a blistering, glossy blockbuster'


'a bold, provocative, truly

trail-blazing production '

The Herald

Top pickS for dance IN 2022:
No.2 in The Telegraph, No.3 in The Guardian and included in The Stage’s Top 5

What does it mean to be human in a world of artificial intelligence?

This thrilling new version of the ballet, which tells the story of Silicon Valley’s hottest new inventor Dr Coppélius and his latest AI creation ‘Coppélia’, is choreographed and directed by UK-based duo Morgann Runacre-Temple and Jessica Wright (known as Jess and Morgs), building on their previous award-wining film works for Scottish Ballet, Tremble and The Secret Theatre. 


Expect Jess and Morgs’ trademark humour, with sharp, witty solos, beautiful pas de deux and exhilarating full ensemble scenes paired with cinematic live projections. The original Delibes score is reimagined as part of an extraordinary new composition by Mikael Karlsson and Michael P Atkinson, performed live with vigour by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.


Breaking down the boundaries of dance, theatre and film, this pioneering new adaptation will warp audiences’ sense of reality, leaving them wondering what is real and what is artificial, as they are lured into Dr Coppelius’ world of robots and clones.


Running time: The performance lasts approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes (no interval).

Scottish Ballet 

Edinburgh International Festival 2022

Direction & Choreography Morgann Runacre-Temple & Jessica Wright

Dramaturgy and Written Text Jeff 

Music Mikael Karlsson, Michael P Atkinson, Léo Delibes

Set and Lighting Bengt Gomer

Projection and Video Will Duke

Costumes Annemarie Woods

Associate Projection and Video Hayley Egan

Art Direction Sami Fendall


Production Photographs Andy Ross



Their bang-up-to-date take on Copelia took the 2022 Edinburgh Festival by storm. 

The Guardian - 2023 Culture Preview

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‘Darkly thrilling...this intelligent reimagining throws the 19th century ballet

into the digital age, powered by a cast full of infectious energy’

The Telegraph

Mark Monahan 

'Choreographically, much of the movement has the sleek ergonomics of a Jonathan Ive design, it’s stylishly functional with some clever details’


Lyndsey Winship


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wonderful and inspirationally re-imagined for contemporary times’




‘contemporary genius, dry wit and victorious ambition...[Coppélia is] a crowning achievement in adaptation’



‘a bold, provocative – truly trail-blazing – production….  a creative triumph, where modern technologies interact supportively with fiercely fine dancing….It is utterly compelling’


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‘Jess and Morgs’ reimagining of “Coppélia”, the balletomane’s ballet, is an Absolute cold white slab of genius. It’s a beast. It’s uncompromising. Truly special[…]. It’s one of the finest productions in years'


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