Bookings for ‘Carmen’, the ballet, are now open at Computicket. Choreographed by South Africa’s foremost ballet choreographer, Veronica Paeper, ‘Carmen’ will be performed by star dancers of the Cape Town City Ballet at Artscape from March 25 to 31.
This production will feature Laura Bösenberg with Thomas Thorne and Kim Vieira with Ivan Boonzaaier in the leading roles of Carmen and Don José. Audiences can also look forward to seeing the award-winning couple, Tracy Li and Daniel Rajna, appear as guest artists in these roles at selected performances.
Of the two main characters in the ballet, Veronica Paeper says: “Carmen is a gypsy and an absolute free spirit. She is possessed of a wild and rebellious nature, combined with a highly seductive and charismatic appeal for the opposite sex. Don José, on the other hand, is a soldier, disciplined, with strong principles, but very naïve – two people, poles apart, who become lovers, but in whose lives fate intervenes”.
The role of the dashing toreador, Escamillo, will be danced by Jesse Milligan, Daniel Szybkowski and Conrad Nusser and that of Micaela, loyal and trusting fiancée of Don José, by Jane Fidler, Frieda Mennen and Elizabeth Nienaber.
The doomed love affair is played out against formidable scenic backdrops by set designer Peter Cazalet, realistically depicting the harsh life in and around an Andalusian town of the late 1800s.
With original music by Georges Bizet arranged by Michael Tuffin, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Allan Stephenson, will accompany the dancers at all six performances.
* Tickets range from R100 to R220. Book now at Computicket or Artcsape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.