Top young ballerina to debut as Sleeping Beauty

Top young ballerina to debut as Sleeping Beauty

On August 14 and 17, Mami Fuji, the exciting young ballerina from Japan, will make her debut as Princess Aurora in Cape Town City Ballet’s production of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ which opened at Artscape this past weekend. She will be partnered by another bright young star, Ramiro Samón from Cuba who will make his debut in the role of Prince Florimund.

This announcement follows after Nehemiah Kish from The Royal Ballet in London has had to cancel his appearances in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, due to injuries. As a result, ballerina Roberta Marquez will also not appear at this time.

“In true show business fashion, the show must go on, and Fuji and Samón have been invited to step in”, commented Prof Elizabeth Triegaardt, CTCB’s Executive Director. “We are tremendously excited to present Mami Fuji in the role of Princess Aurora. Since joining the company in May, she has made quite an impression on us. This will be her big break, and we are thrilled that it will be happening during our season.”

Keith MacKintosh, CTCB’s Artistic Executive, discovered Fuji when he attended a production of the English National Ballet School in 2012. He invited her to join Cape Town City Ballet for their production of ‘Raymonda’ earlier this year and after her three month contract with the company expired, she was offered a full-time position with the company.

Born in Cuba, Ramiro Samón is currently contracted with Mzansi Ballet in Johannesburg. He was trained at the National Ballet School in Havana and has appeared in Mzansi Productions’ ‘Don Quixote’ and the recent International Ballet Gala in Honour of Alicia Alonso.

* ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ is still showing at Artscape Opera House until August 18.
Tickets from R 100 to R 300 can be booked at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.