Provincial Dances Theatre worked with Alexander Pepelyaev, a well-known choreographer and winner of many Russian and international theatre awards, to create a new piece. Alexander Pepelyaev teaches and performs at the Dance and Theatre Centers in Russia, the Baltics, Scandinavia, the United States, Western Europe and Africa.
#Coppelia_bot, his new piece with Provincial Dances Theatre targets a teenage audience. It stems from the comic ballet Coppelia by the French composer Leo Delibes which is based on the novel "The Sandman" by E. Hoffmann.
The original plot is the story of the mechanical creation by Dr. Coppélius — a doll named Coppelia. A living doll looks like a real person so much that all the young men of the city fall in love with her. In Pepelyaev’s modern version Coppelia is #coppelia_bot, a computer virus. It copies a real girl, multiplies itself and affects other characters of the play. #Coppelia_bot behaves on stage as she would on the Web, like artificial intelligence, she evolves and is self-learning. Very soon, the narration turns into a digital thriller, with elements of a detective story.