Cape Town City Ballet is set to open 2018 with a bang. They will be presenting an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s short story, ‘Mozart and Salieri’, at Artscape from Wednesday, February 7.
Marc Goldberg, the acclaimed choreographer of ‘The Vortex’, has combined a classical story with a 21st century design for the purposes of lending a cinematic experience to modern ballet. Digitalizing his sets, yet retaining the silhouettes of the 17th century, this world premier promises to be a lot more than just beautiful dancing.
The story made so famous by Sir Peter Shaffer’s ‘Amadeus’, follows the rumoured rivalry of Mozart and court composer, Antonio Salieri. Audiences will get to witness the dark undercurrents of jealousy and sabotage from Salieri, whose pious demeanour is challenged greatly on meeting Mozart. The ballet is not just a story of political intrigue and envy, however. Ballet fans will also get to follow the love story of Mozart and Constanze, their meeting, marriage and subsequent children, depicted within the palace gardens.
Another facet to Goldberg’s adaptation is his exploration of what it might have been like to create such a prolific body of work by 35, as Mozart famously did. Sweeping scenes depicting Mozart within his own creative process promises to add a layer to the story not previously explored.
Exquisitely crafted costumes by three separate designers and projected stylization of the Schonbrunn palace and other indelible locations will frame the ballet company in this two act ballet, performed to many jewels of Mozart’s extensive repertoire.
Three years in the making, this new production promises sumptuous visuals with 3D mapped projection. Sweeping dancing and pas de deux’s that ballet audiences have come to expect are also on the menu, of course. If you have ever felt that perhaps ballet wasn’t for you, ‘Mozart and Salieri’ will set out to ask you to rethink what you know about ballet in South Africa.
* Performances will take place on February 7 at 7.30pm, February 10 at 2pm and 7.30pm, February 11 at 3pm, February 14 at 7.30pm and February 17 at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Tickets, priced between R150 and R270, can be booked at Computicket.