Due to COVID-19, The Washington Ballet's May 13-17, 2020 run of Coppélia has been cancelled
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Due to COVID-19, The Washington Ballet’s May 13-17, 2020 run of Coppélia has been cancelled.

Dear Friends,

It’s an honor and privilege to spread joy and beauty to our audiences through our art form, and right now, that inspiration is needed more than ever. Which makes this announcement all the more difficult: Due to governmental stay-at-home orders and the importance of maintaining the health and safety of our artists, staff, and community, the May 2020 production of Coppélia has been cancelled.

As a non-profit organization, this is an especially challenging time for us. Our ticket revenue supports the talented dancers and staff who make everything you love about The Washington Ballet possible. In order to return to the studio and stage, we need your help.

Washington Ballet Season Ticket Holders:

  • Please consider donating the value of your Coppélia tickets back to The Washington Ballet to support our artists, staff, and art form during this difficult time. These much-needed funds will help ensure that our world-class company returns to the stage as soon as possible and stronger than ever.
  • Alternatively, you may also apply the value of your Coppélia tickets towards upgrading your Washington Ballet season ticket package for our 2020/21 season of JOY.
  • Finally, you can choose to credit the value of your Coppélia tickets to your account and use these funds towards any future Washington Ballet season, performance, or additional tickets.

Please email our Patron Services department with your preference at tickets@washingtonballet.org. If we don’t hear from you by May 9 regarding your preference, you will automatically receive a credit on your account for future purchases.

Coppélia Single Ticket Holders:

  • While your Coppélia ticket refund will be managed and processed by Ticketmaster, we hope you’ll consider donating the value of your Coppélia tickets back to The Washington Ballet to support our artists, staff, and art form. These funds will help our world-class company return to the stage as soon as possible and stronger than ever.

Thank you for your continued and unwavering support. Stay safe and healthy, and we can’t wait to be together again and celebrate the beauty, athleticism, and artistry of The Washington Ballet.

Stay Well,

Julie Kent, Artistic Director & Michael Pastreich, Executive Director


Coppélia is a comedic ballet filled with character dances, divertissements and classical choreography set to the winsome music of Léo Delibes. The eccentric scientist Dr. Coppelius creates a mechanical doll that comes to life and soon becomes the obsession of a young man who is already engaged to another woman. Witness the famed story ballet of love, magic, and trickery in a fun and fanciful combination of wild events that will leave you delighted and charmed.

Julie Kent on COPPÉLIA:

Coppélia is the first ballet I danced at the Kennedy Center alongside Patricia McBride and Mikhail Baryshnikov with New York City Ballet. With a lot of humor and imagination, it is the perfect story ballet for the families and adults alike, and a great introduction to ballet for young children. Watch the curtain rise and dancing happens! Relying on much of the original choreography, Victor and I will curate and tailor the production for our company and the majestic Warner Theatre.

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