Star prima ballerina, Tracy Li, will return for two performances in the title role of Cape Town City Ballet’s forthcoming production of ‘Camille’ at the Artscape Opera House from May 2 to 12. The ballet will be performed to the enchanting music of ‘La Traviata’, the famous opera by Guiseppe Verdi, and accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Allan Stephenson.
The prolific South African choreographer Veronica Paeper created ‘Camille’ in 1990. Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, ‘The Lady of the Camellias’, the ballet tells the evergreen love story of Marguerite, a courtesan, who falls in love with the young Armand Duval. Through the interference of Armand’s father, their relationship is doomed.
Tracy Li, one of Cape Town’s all-time favourite ballerinas, will return to reprise her role of Camille. Li retired from dancing in 2007, but stayed on at CTCB as coach and administrator. In 2012 she was invited to give workshops in Hong Kong at the Christine Liao School of Ballet. While there, the lead dancer for Swan Lake fell ill and Tracy stepped in at the last minute. To the delight of her fans, she is now back to perform as guest artist for Cape Town City Ballet.
Her dance partner, the talented young Jesse Milligan, hailed by critics for his bursting energy and sparkling stage personality, will debut as Armand. For CTCB he has danced in ‘Giselle’, ‘Night & Day’ and ‘The Nutcracker’.
Ever-popular Johnny Bovang will perform the role of Monsieur Germont, Armand’s father. Bovang, until recently South Africa’s leading danseur noble, now excels in character roles, for which he has received critical acclaim.
Six of the performances will be accompanied by live symphony orchestra, while two of the performances will be danced to recorded music.
* Tickets are priced at R100 to R280.
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