Following the groundbreaking ‘Mozart and Salieri’, Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) will next present ‘Cinderella’ at the Artscape Opera House from October 5 to 21. The production, accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic at select performances, will incorporate new digital elements by design luminary Peter Cazalet, who returns to once again work alongside Veronica Paeper, a creative coup by Acting Executive Director Tracy Li.
Paeper, who will also directs this production, first choreographed ‘Cinderella’ for CAPAB Ballet in 1975 and, like Cazalet, will re-work aspects of the charming, feel-good classic that has enchanted dance audiences around the world for decades. In a move that is sure to delight Capetonian balletomanes, Paeper has cast former CAPAB and CTCB ballerina Janet Lindup into the deliciously over-the-top role of the Ugly Sister Daffodil opposite Johnny Bovang and Mervyn Williams as Violet. Both Ugly Sister roles are typically taken by males and Lindup’s humour promises to be a delightful addition to the stellar CTCB lineup.
International guest artist Maxime Quiroga will return from France to dance the role of Prince Charming opposite Senior Principal ballerina Laura Bosenberg. Quiroga, seen most recently in the title role in Marc Goldberg’s ‘Mozart and Salieri’, will alternate with Daniel Szybkowski and Conrad Nusser while the role of Cinderella will be shared between Bosenberg, Kirstel Paterson and Mariette Opperman. The Fairy Godmother will be danced by Caitlin Smith, Leane Theunissen, Claire Spector and Hannah Ward. Buttons will be performed by Tusile Tenza, Craig Pedro and Stephen Underwood, all three of whom, together with Jordan Roelfze, will also share the role of the Jester. Craig Pedro and Stephen Underwood will be seen as the Dancing Master.
‘Cinderella’ is presented in three acts and set to Prokofiev’s stirring score, with Brandon Phillips conducting the Cape Town Philharmonic at certain performances.
* Performances are on Fridays at 7.30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7.30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets cost from R120 to R350, via Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695, or at Computicket. A special performance in aid of CTCB’s Outreach and Development programme will take place on Friday, October 19, at 4pm with tickets at R100 each.