Ballet fans are in for a treat during this, the tail-end of July. Pieter Toerien productions will be presenting Cape Town City Ballet in Marc Goldberg’s dance adaptation of Noel Coward’s hugely controversial play ‘The Vortex’, at Theatre On The Bay from Tuesday, July 28, to Saturday, August 8. The ballet explores themes of drug addiction in 1920s high society, adultery, aging and dysfunctional family dynamics over the course of a weekend in the country home of David and Florence Lancaster.
We follow Florence through the return of her son, Nicky, and his new found fiancé Bunty from Paris and the gradual understanding that Nicky is harbouring a dark secret. Florence’s obsession with youth and beauty is displayed in her constant affairs with much younger men, in this case the dashing Tom, her current lover and a school friend of her son’s, which proves to be a greater challenge than anticipated.
All this and more culminates in an explosion that irrevocably changes the lives of those involved.
Musically the audience will experience the unspoken tensions in the production by the use of juxtaposing composers. Coward’s live recordings of hits like ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’, ‘I went to a Marvelous Party’ and ‘Mad About The Boy’ are combined with Mexican electronic composer Murcof’s very atmospheric and sophisticated style to create a varied and sometimes chilling canvas of the human perspective, while working in the frame of Coward’s glamour, frivolity and opulence of the era.
* Bookings are now open at Computicket.
Five lucky readers can each win double tickets to ‘Vortex’. Send your name and “Vortex” in the subject line in an e-mail to: email@example.com before 11am on Monday, July 27. Good luck!