The Cape Dance Company (CDC) will present ‘Blue’, celebrating its 20th Anniversary season at the Artscape Theatre from November 27 to December 6.
Two new works will be presented by Christopher L Huggins (USA) – ‘Blue’, an all male ballet; and ‘In the Mirror of Her Mind’, a pas de quatre. Huggins has a long-standing relationship with the CDC, having staged three of his ballets with the company since 2010, most notably the award-winning ‘Enemy Behind The Gates’ and ‘Bolero’.
The season promises once again to be diverse and exciting, showcasing the versatility of the CDC dancers. ‘Blue’ is a moving exploration into maleness – their physicality and psyche, and their immediate association with the colour blue.
The crisp lyrical patterns and meditative atmosphere gives way to unadorned physicality, with razor-sharp turns and sudden drops; the tranquillity of dancers silhouetted against blue light is lacerated with shafts of white light as the men break away to separate solos and groups. It will be danced to music by Arvo Part, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steve Reich.
‘In the Mirror of Her Mind’ was originally premiered by the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2011 in New York City. Three men and one woman dance to Henryk Gorecki’s ‘Symphony No. 3, Opus 36’, in which a woman reflects on the loves and losses of her lifetime. The work is a semi-abstract exploration in which the protagonist is set on a path of realising her true nature, enriched by half-hidden implications and rich emotion.
Also among the works to be showcased is ‘The State In-Between’, choreographed by Mbulelo Ndabeni, and inspired by anxiety, confusion and self-judgement that comes with the space “in-between” certainty. Ndabeni will perform this with UK based guest artist Simone Muller, formerly of Cape Town City Ballet and previously with CDC in 2011 and 2013.
Ndabeni trained at Dance For All and is now based in London as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, having toured with Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ before joining Ballet Rambert in 2007 where he was until July this year. He has choreographed for Cape Town City Ballet and the English National Ballet School, and his works have been performed at the Royal Opera House and Sadlers Wells theatres. He has taught around the world including in Japan.
‘Blue’ will close with Huggins’ show-stopping ‘Bolero’ that CDC premiered last year at Artscape. Set in an abstract and smoky atmosphere, the ballet is evocative and tempestuous; danced by a cast of twelve with thrilling pas de deux set to Ravel’s pulsating score.
Founded in 1995 by Debbie Turner, CDC is based in Westlake. Wearing two hats, Turner is the Artistic Director of CDC and Director of the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) and CDCll.
CDC has presented seasons overseas at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and, earlier this year, the company performed by invitation at the Busan Dance Festival in South Korea.
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