Cape Town City Ballet’s bumper festive season of ballet kicks off this week, offering audiences a special peek behind scenes of their new ballet on December 6 at 6pm with ‘Insight into The Tin Soldier’ at the Artscape Opera House. This will be followed by the world premiere of ‘The Tin Soldier’ on December 11 and the opening nights of ‘Belles & Beaux’ on December 18 and ‘Night & Day’ on December 31. This is the first time that a ballet company in South Africa offers a season of three ballets in one month.
‘The Tin Soldier’, choreographed by Cape Town City Ballet’s artistic director Robin van Wyk, promises ideal family entertainment during the festive season. It tells the tale of a little boy who receives a set of tin soldiers for Christmas, but one of the soldiers has a broken leg. At midnight the toys come to life and the Tin Soldier falls in love with a beautiful Ballerina, who lives in a glass castle.
The evil Jack-in-the-Box kicks the Tin Soldier out of the toy room and he goes on a wonderful adventure where he meets cats, water-babies, fishermen and a flirtatious cook. The Tin Soldier is eventually returned to the little boy, who takes him to the toymaker to repair him. The Toymaker shows the little boy a magical place within the toyshop, where everything comes to life.
‘The Tin Soldier’ is performed to the exquisite music of the celebrated Russian composer Alexander Glazunov, arranged for symphony orchestra by Allan Stephenson, who will also conduct the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra at selected performances.
The role of the tin soldier will be danced by Thomas Thorne, Daniel Szybkowski, Jesse Milligan and Ivan Boonzaaier, while Laura Bosenberg, Angela Hansford, Kirstel Jensen and Elizabeth Nienaber can be seen in the part of the paper ballerina.
‘Belles & Beaux’ offers a programme of ballet treats for all dance lovers and will show off Cape Town City Ballet’s ballerinas and danseurs in a selection from delightful ballets in different styles. ‘Night & Day’, a tribute to the life and music of Cole Porter, will feature toe-tapping numbers including elements of jazz, tap dancing and cabaret.
* Book at Computicket, or at Artscape-Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695. There are Special discount packages available for groups of 10, or when booking for more than one of the three productions.
Five lucky readers can win double tickets to one of the productions. Send your name and “Festive Ballet” in the subject line in an e-mail to: email@example.com before 12pm on Tuesday December 10. Good luck!