The lowest placed ballet in the Ultimate Hall of Fame, and the first of 2 entries for Delibes.
Delibes' charming comedy ballet takes inspiration from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story Der Sandman, a fantastical tale of a dancing doll being brought to life by her creator, the toymaker Dr Coppelius.
It was premiered at the Paris Opera in 1870, and went down a treat thanks to its bright, saccharine tunes, influencing future ballet composers like Tchaikovsky.
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