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STANISLAV Tchassov is the choreographer for Coppelia which comes to the Windmill Entertainment Centre, Littlehampton on Wednesday, May 4 at 7.30pm (tickets on 01903 722224).

Spokesman Ildikó Connell said: “European Ballet, one of the most popular and exhilarating touring companies is presenting this colourful, celebrated and world-favourite ballet set to the irresistible score of Delibes.

“The company of first-class international dancers directed by principal dancer of The Bolshoi Ballet Stanislav Tchassov has earned its reputation for superb classical ballet performances and high standard of dancing. Highly-respected, award-winning dancers from Russia, France, Italy, Spain and the UK will perform in the beautiful production.”

The ballet interweaves the romance between Swanhilda and Franz with the story of the doll-maker Coppelius, whose greatest desire is to create a doll with a soul. Franz falls in love with Coppelia, whom he thinks is alive. He finally recognises that she is just a doll and returns to Swanhilda, after which the sparkling grand divertissement sees everyone reconciled.