Hot on the heels of its production of John Neumeier ballets, ‘Spring & Fall’, plus the world première of a brand new children’s ballet, ‘Thumbelina’, Cape Town City Ballet continues its streak with ‘Gala Occasion’, another glittering production celebrating the company’s 80th anniversary. The ballet will be on stage at the Artscape Opera House from November 15 to 22 for a limited season of four performances only.
Brimming with nostalgia and highlights from CTCB’s most memorable productions, ‘Gala Occasion’ is set to showcase the company’s prowess in excerpts from works choreographed by Cecily Robinson, Gary Burne, David Poole, Norman Furber, Andre Prokovsky, Veronica Paeper, Robin van Wyk and others.
To the delight of local ballet audiences, ‘Gala Occasion’ will feature appearances by former prima ballerina Tracy Li and her well-known dance partner, Daniel Ranja. The couple, who formed one of the most lasting CTCB partnerships, will perform the ‘Act I Eurydice’ & ‘Pluto pas de deux’ from ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ in selected performances.
Another familiar face, former ballerina Janet Lindup, will team up with Johnny Bovang in ‘La Famille’, choreographed in memory of the late ballet doyenne, Dulcie Howes.
Other highlights on the programme include the Men’s Dance from ‘Raymonda’, ‘Waltz of the Hours’ from ‘Coppélia’, ‘Spring Waters’ and excerpts from ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Zhivago’ and ‘La Bayadère’.
* Performances will take place on Saturday, Wednesday and Saturday, November 15, 19 and 22 at 7.30pm nightly; with an added matinee performance on November 22 at 2pm. Tickets from R100 to R200 are available at Computicket, or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.