The classical-contemporary Cape Dance Company (CDC), under the artistic direction of Debbie Turner, returns to Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre in December after successful seasons at the Klein Karoo Arts Festival, the National Arts Festival (Main Programme) and the Joburg Theatre.
This forthcoming season, entitled ‘sacredspace’ and showing at the Artscape Theatre from December 3 to 10 at 8pm nightly, most notably features a newly commissioned work by the South African born choreographer, Andrea Schermoly. Featured artists in this season include Ipeleng Merafe, Celeste Botha, Marlin Zoutman, Carmen Lotz, Thamsanqa Njoko, Nathan Bartman, Olivia Parfitt, Ciara Baldwin, Gemma Trehearn and Given Mkhize, with a cast of supporting players. Lighting design throughout the production is by the award-winning Wilhelm Disbergen.
Schermoly trained at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and then at top schools such as the Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School and The Royal Ballet School in London, where she completed her dance education.
As a professional ballet dancer, she has been a member of Boston Ballet and Nederlandse Dans Teater (NDT1 and NDT 2), working with choreographers Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Hans van Manen and many others. As a choreographer she has created works for Boston Ballet 2, the Joffrey Concert Group and Kansas City Ballet to name a few.
Due to the success throughout South Africa of ‘A Thousand Shepherds’, choreographed by the Spanish/UK choreographer, Jose Agudo, the work will be reprised by popular demand once again this year. Starring Nathan Bartman, it is a moving piece and an exploration of humanity that has received much acclaim on various SA stages.
The award winning ‘Enemy Behind the Gates’ is returning as well, choreographed by Christopher L Huggins (U.S.). It was re-staged last year to incorporate a double cast of 50, the largest complement of dancers ever used in this ballet. To accommodate this, the double volume theatre stage will be opened up to showcase the work in its unfettered glory.
There will also be a matinee on December 10 at 2.30pm.
Tickets cost from R130 to R200 via 021 421 7695; or at Computicket.