New York stars bring ballet magic to Cape Town

New York stars bring ballet magic to Cape Town

Principal Dancers from America’s largest ballet companies, the New York City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre will be dancing in a short season from November 15 to 18 at the Artscape Theatre Centre.

Ashley Bouder and Joaquin de Luz will perform Balanchine’s magnificent ‘Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux’. They will also perform pas de deux from ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Nutcracker’, and ‘Don Quixote’.

Daniel Ulbricht (NYCB) will perform the pas de deux from ‘Flames of Paris’ with Betsy McBride of American Ballet Theatre (ABT).

Kevin Durwael, a dynamic choreographer who is the Director of the prestigious Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, has choreographed a pas de deux ‘Affection’ to a Chopin Nocturne in memory of Mignon Furman.

An exciting neo-classical piece ‘Joy, also choreographed by Durwael, will be performed by a group of dancers from ABT.

Dancers from Joburg Ballet will be performing neo-classical ballet. This is the first time that Joburg Ballet will be seen in Cape Town.

The Gala Evening is on Saturday, November 17. Gilbert Mayer, who was an “etoile” at the Paris Opera Ballet, and who has coached many famous dancers including Nureyev and Baryshnikov, will make a tribute to Mignon Furman.

Furman, a superb choreographer, teacher, and educationalist, was the Director of the UCT Ballet School, and founder of the American Academy of Ballet – one of the largest and most prestigious Summer Schools in New York. She also choreographed the Performance Awards, a programme which is taught in the USA and in 14 countries.

Determined to continue her vision for ballet, Simon Kaplan, Furman’s husband, and Laurence Kaplan, her son, formed the Mignon Furman Ballet which invited the guest dancers to Cape Town.

* Performances are in the Artscape Opera House on Thursday to Saturday, November 15 to 17, at 7.30pm nightly. Matinees are on Saturday the 17th at 2pm, and Sunday the 18th at 3pm.

Tickets range from R250 to R550.

Book at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets, or via Artscape-Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.

There is a 10% discount for pensioners, students and block bookings of 10-100 tickets. For 100 or more, contact Berniece Friedmann on 021 434 4951/082 892 5877; or via email at bernfried@kingsley.co.za.