Picnic and ballet under the stars to the sounds of Cole Porter

Picnic and ballet under the stars to the sounds of Cole Porter

Cape Town City Ballet’s popular annual outdoor-ballet season opens in the Maynardville Park on Sunday, January 24, with the hit production, ‘Night & Day’. Lovers of dance can once again get their picnic baskets ready to enjoy the leafy park surrounds with sundowners and snacks before watching the ballet on the stage of the open-air theatre.

This year’s ballet, ‘Night & Day’, is danced to the music of Cole Porter and takes the audience on a romantic journey of the famous songwriter’s extraordinary life and times. The brainchild of choreographer and Artistic Director of Cape Town City Ballet, Robin van Wyk, the ballet found its inspiration in the award-winning film, ‘De-Lovely’.
“The ballet is simply spectacular, champagne-popping entertainment, absolutely perfect for enjoying a relaxing Sunday evening out in one of Cape Town’s most beautiful outdoor settings! Night & Day is truly one of the sparkling jewels in Cape Town City Ballet’s repertoire and definitely caters for just about all tastes in dance,” says Van Wyk.

To achieve this, Van Wyk invited top choreographer colleagues, Kirsten Isenberg, Mervyn Williams, Nigel Lucas and Paul Johnson to add their creative magic to the mix. The result is an extravagant celebration of classical and neo-classical ballet, a generous sprinkling of jazz and tap dance and even a hint of sexy latin and ballroom. This season’s production also features a guest appearance on Sunday, January 24, by former prima ballerina Tracy Li and her longtime dance partner, Daniel Rajna, as well as live instrumental solos performed at all performances by up-and-coming young jazz musician, Jessie Williams on clarinet.
The show features numbers the like of ‘Let’s Do It’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Let’s Misbehave’, ‘Love For Sale’, ‘In the Still Of The Night’ and ‘Begin the Beguine’.

* Performances at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in Wynberg only take place on Sunday evenings at 8.15pm from January 24 to February 21. Tickets range from R130 to R150 and are available at Computicket, or Artscape Dial-a Seat on 021 421 7695.