Clanwilliam is set to take centre stage when Artscape Theatre Centre presents its artistic rural programme in the Cederberg at the Clanwilliam High School on Friday, October 21.
Residents can expect to see the Cape Town Ballet Company perform classical excerpts from well-known productions such as the ever popular ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Coppelia’ – fresh from Artscape’s stages, performed as recently as September this year. Cape Town City Ballet promises to thrill Cederberg audiences with “glamorous” costumes as ballet dancers pirouette on stage.
Also on the bill is the Dance for All Company. They are set to enthrall with Cafe de Cabaret as well as African rhythms in the form of “Panstusaling”.
Integrated to the bill on offer, the Dance Company, Unmute, will perform their often acclaimed wheelchair dance moves featuring hearing impaired dancers too.
Artscape Chief Executive Officer, Marlene le Roux says of the Rural Outreach Programme: “It was created to give access to people in outlying areas in the Western Cape that cannot travel and have access to what Artscape patrons would experience on a professional stage. Additionally this programme exists to change the perception of what was formerly known as the Nico Malan Theatre, as an Apartheid Institution.”
In support of additional development the Artscape Schools Programme will deliver a Career Expo. It will empower the high school learners with knowledge of what happens “behind the scenes” from a technical and management perspective. Participants will be part of the Final Dress Rehearsal and experience live how all the live theatre elements come together. A separate production for primary schools will also be hosted to give them a taste of art genres they are not usually exposed to.
Camillo Lombard is the Artisc Director for this year’s Rural Outreach Programme.
Now in its 10th year, it is supported by the Cederberg Municipality alongside the Cederberg Kunstefees, Stigting vir die Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans (SBA) and the Western Cape Education Department.
For more information, visit www.artscape.co.za.