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Cape Town City Ballet brings literature to life in ‘Poetry in Motion 2′

After a very successful season of Poetry in Motion in May last year, the Cape Town City Ballet will be bringing you POETRY in MOTION 2, at the Artscape Opera House from 26th March to 6th April 2011.

POETRY in MOTION 2 will highlight the beauty of ballet, interwoven with music and the spoken word – a production that transports the viewer into the realm of fantasy in movement. Inspired by a range of beautiful poetry the themes of the vignettes will include the journey of life, love, loss and celebration.

This 2011 production includes new additions to the original series of dance vignettes created by 5 choreographers,  Erica Brumage, Kirsten Isenberg, Veronica Paeper, Lindy Raizenberg and Robin van Wyk, to enhance and showcase the Poetry that is ballet.

Nine performances of POETRY in MOTION 2 will be presented at the Artscape Opera House. The entire company, together with guest artists, will appear at every performance.

Ticket prices vary between R90 and R160. Discounts are available for students and pensioners. Book through Computicket.


Night and Day at Maynardville Open-Air Theatre

Photograph by Pat Bromilow- Downing

The Cape Town City Ballet will present Night & Day,

at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
on 23, 30 of January; and
6, 13 & 20 February, 2011.
Sundays only at 20:15.

Tickets are priced between R90 – R150.
Book at Computicket or Artscape or Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695

Cole Porter was a legendary American composer of some of the cleverest, funniest and most romantic songs ever written.  He dominated the musical scene from the 1930’s to1950’s and his music is just as popular today as it was then.  The Cape Town City Ballet pays tribute to Cole Porter in Night & Day, and includes favourite songs like Lets Misbehave, Too Darn Hot and Night and Day. Choreographers Robin Van Wyk, Mervyn Williams, Kirsten Isenberg, Paul Johnson and Nigel Lucas have complemented Porter’s sophisticated and whimsical melodies with their individual charm and characters.

Win Double Tickets to see Night and Day performed at the Artscape on New Year’s Eve

Five lucky readers will win double tickets to see Night and Day performed at the Artscape Opera House, Cape Town by Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB).

To enter, all you have to do is answer this simple question: Which composer does Cape Town City Ballet pay tribute to in Night and Day?

Email your name, contact details and answer to info@capetowncreatives.co.za

Competition closes on 15 December 2010, 10h00.

Terms and Conditions:

You (and partner) must be available to attend a show in Cape Town on the 31 December 2010.

Tickets are not transferrable and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Prizes courtesy of Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB).


Night and Day by CTCB

The Cape Town City Ballet will present an exciting new ballet, Night & Day, at the Artscape Opera House from 31 December, 2010 – 9 January, 2010. Tickets are priced between R90 – R150. Book your tickets at Computicket or Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695.

The ballet, Night & Day, will express the ageless appeal of Cole Porter’s music in dance. Choreographers Robin Van Wyk, Mervyn Williams, Kirsten Isenberg, Paul Johnson and Nigel Lucas have complemented Porter’s sophisticated and whimsical melodies with their individual charm and characters.
Cole Porter was a legendary American composer of some of the  cleverest, funniesty and most romantic songs ever written. He dominated the musical scene from the 1930’s to1950’s and his music is just as popular today as it was then. The Cape Town City Ballet pays tribute to Cole Porter in Night & Day, and incudes favourite songs like Lets Misbehave, Too Darn Hot and Night and Day.
Celeste George and Alrico Lieman dance a romantic pas de deux to the well known Lets do it, lets fall in love, while Lauren Rogers leads the men in the cheeky ensemble number, Miss Otis Regrets. Up and Coming young saxophonist, Sarah Elphick, joins the Cape Town City Ballet on stage to accompany selected numbers, including  a saxophone solo rendition of In the Still of the Night. Directed by Robin Van Wyk, Night & Day is a delightful combination of romance and elegance with a touch of light hearted charm.

Cinderella comes to Artscape this Christmas


The Cape Town City Ballet will present Veronica Paeper’s popular full length Cinderella from 17 December – 24 December 2010 at the Artscape Opera House. This will be the traditional production, first choreographed in 1975 with music by Sergei Prokoviev and costumes and decor by Peter Cazalet. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany the Cape Town City Ballet at selected performances. Tickets are between R90 – R175 and are available at Computicket or Dial-a-seat: 021-4217695.

The ballet tells the classic fairytale story of the young Cinderella, and her two ugly stepsisters, Violet and Daffodil and their search for the Prince at the ball. The romantic highpoint comes with the pas de deux in the second act between the now glittering Cinderella and the handsome prince.

The role of Cinderella will be danced alternately by Laura Bosenberg, Megan Swart and Celeste George and the Prince by Thomas Thorne, Xola Putye and Alex Vivian-Riding. The ballet is full of humour and fairytale escapism. The Cape Town City Ballet’s male dancers take on the roles of the stepsisters, providing this production with some delightfully funny moments. Paeper’s award-winning Cinderella continues to entertain and please audiences of all ages.

A special performance for children will take place at 11h00 on 24 December, Christmas Eve. Children are invited to come dressed as their favourite fairytale character. There will be a fairy parade after the show, where the children are invited to meet Cinderella and Santa Clause.



Win Double Tickets to see Carmen at the Artscape

Four readers will win double tickets to see Carmen performed at the Artscape Theatre, Cape Town by Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB).

To enter, please write to us with a few lines about what ballet means to you or how ballet moves you.

Email your name, contact details and response to info@capetowncreatives.co.za

Competition closes on 7 October 2010, 10h00.

Terms and Conditions:

You (and partner) must be available to attend a show in Cape Town between the 14 October – 7 November 2010.

Tickets are not transferrable and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Prizes courtesy of Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB).


CTCB presents two outstanding shows for the upcoming season

The Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) will present A Spring ‘Double Bill’ which will include LE CORSAIRE and AFRICAN LANDSCAPES at the Artscape Theatre from 21-29 October, 2010. Ticket prices are between R60 –R120. Booking at Computicket  and Dial-a Seat 021 426-7695.

Le Corsaire will be a new presentation, displaying some of the rarely seen dances from one of Petipa’s great classical ballets. Newcomer to the CTCB and up-and-coming senior soloist, Kim Vieira, can be seen in the Pas de Tois alongside Lauren Rogers and Angela Hansford. Laura Bosenberg takes on the role of Medora, performing a pas de deux with Thomas Thorne, who dances the role of Conrad. In an alternate cast, audiences can see Jon Savage in the role of Conrad. Savage recently joined the CTCB after graduating from the Royal Ballet School in London.

African Landscapes portrays a leopard’s terror as she witnesses her shrinking habitat. Even the Khoisan vacate their traditional homelands and trek to the urban jungle, where the Blue Cranes become fewer, water resources are under pressure and the ever-present threat of fire dominates the landscape. This ballet draws in elements that depict urbanization and our nation’s heritage and features Megan Swart as Fire, Angela Hansford as the Leopard and Laura Bosenberg as the Blue Crane. The music for African Landscapes is by iconic South African bands and artists and promises to be a unique work.

The Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) will also present Veronica Paeper’s acclaimed three-act ballet , CARMEN, at the Artscape Theatre from 14 October – 7 November, 2010. Ticket prices are between R60 – R130. Booking at Computicket and Dial-a-Seat 021 426-7695.

An alternating cast of three couples will perform the roles of the fiery gypsy, Carmen, and her jealous lover, Don Jose, in Veronica Paeper’s  dramatic and visually exciting  balletic version of Bizet’s beloved opera.  Prima Ballerina, Megan Swart, will be partnered by the powerful Xola Putye, who will also dance with Kim Vieira, while Robin Van Wyk dances the role of the dashing toreador, Escamillio. The other leading couple will be Laura Bosenberg and Thomas Thorne, who were lauded for their interpretations at the recent National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
From the opening, this ballet is infused with the traditions and mysteries of Spain and the belief in the power of fate.  From the midst of the group emerge one man and one woman whom fate binds together, sealing their destiny with a flower. A ballet not to be missed!
The Cape Town City Ballet took this production of Carmen to the Grahamstown Festival earlier this year, where they danced to sold out audiences and standing ovations.
Principal dancers from the Cape Town City Ballet, Robin VanWyk, Thomas Thorne and Laura Bosenberg have recently returned from a successful collaboration of this Production of Carmen with the South African Ballet Theatre.
“George Bizet’s unmistakable Carmen evokes images of Spain, bull-fighting and flamencos, toreadors and red-hot passion and Veronica Paeper’s choreography aims to visually replicate those aural imaginings. As a ballet and as a story, Carmen is much more raw than many of the classics and Paeper does not polish the edges to make it pretty. Carmen is a brawling seductress with a violent streak and a foul mouth; she is, of course, also very beautiful and inspires burning passion in men.” Annette Bayne – The Citizen

Madame Zingara and Cape Town City Ballet create magic

Madame Zingara’s LOVE MAGIC TOUR is staying open one extra night especially to host a benefit performance for Cape Town City Ballet.

All Tickets include a welcome drink, exceptional 4-course meal, bubbly for the table and the entire LOVE MAGIC SHOW (which has been sold out this Season) – Plus once-off breathtaking performances by Cape Town City Ballet! This is an evening not to be missed – prepare to be Thrilled.

To book your tickets please contact Madame Zingara box-office:

021 001 3366
boxoffice@madamezingara.com



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