South Africa’s National Ballet Company, Cape Town City Ballet, will continue their 80th anniversary celebrations with their production of ‘Swan Lake’ at the Artscape Opera House from April 5 to 20. The season includes guest performances by stars of The Royal Ballet.
Still considered the benchmark of all classical ballets, and arguably the most famous of all, ‘Swan Lake’ transports audiences to a world of romance and beauty. It portrays the story of Odette, who is turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart. His spell can only be broken by true and pure love. Odette falls in love with Prince Siegfried, who is tricked into falling in love with Odile, Von Rothbart’s daughter.
Two star dancers from The Royal Ballet in London, Federico Bonelli and Hikaru Kobayashi, will appear as guest artists for the evening performance on Saturday, April 19, and matinee on Sunday, April 20. Laura Bösenberg, partnered by Thomas Thorne as Prince Siegfried, will dance the dual roles of Princess Odette and Princess Odile on the Saturdays of April 5 and 12, as well as the April 19 matinee. Daniel Szybkowski will partner Angela Hansford (Odette) and Kim Vieira (Odile) on Wednesday and Sunday, April 9 and 13, while Jesse Milligan will partner Kirstel Jensen (Odette) and Mami Fujii (Odile) on April 12 and Wednesday, April 16.
The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Graham Scott, will perform Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score at all the performance, except for the one on April 13.
* Tickets from R100 to R 320 are available at Computicket, or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.