A combined celebration of modern classics and historical popular favourites, Cape Town City Ballet’s (CTCB) recently announced Autumn/Winter Season at the Artscape Opera House includes ‘Amaranth’ from June 22 to July 7 and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ from August 17 to 31.
Cape Town City Ballet’s triple bill of ‘Amaranth’ is an exciting programme of neo-classical and contemporary classical masterpieces with George Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’, Frank Staff’s ‘Transfigured Night’ and Christopher L Huggins’ ‘Enemy Behind the Gates’.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48.’ with four movements – ‘Sonatina’, ‘Waltz’, ‘Russian Dance’ and ‘Elegy’ – neo-classical ‘Serenade’ is one of Balanchine’s most beautiful ballets and a milestone in the history of dance as the first original ballet he created in America. It remains a signature work of the New York City Ballet’s repertory and will be staged for CTCB by Rebecca Hirsch.
Honouring South African heritage as part of the programme, CTCB presents Frank Staff’s ‘Transfigured Night’ staged by doyenne Veronica Paeper. Set to a sweeping score by Schoenberg, ‘Transfigured Night’ is based on a true story; is intense and dramatic, telling a story of a brother and sister dominated by an older sister. Obsessed with keeping the family together, and unhappy with the arrival of a suitor for the younger sister, she senses that the solidarity of the family is threatened. The older sister weaves the story – an intense love story with intimate duets that are a hallmark of Staff’s choreography.
Following significant popularity, American choreographer Christopher L Huggins returns with his acclaimed ‘Enemy Behind the Gates’, a look into the minds of incendiaries – how they live quietly and patiently in the shadows before they strike; a breathtakingly athletic fusion of contemporary ballet and modern movement that is militaristic and percussive in style.
* Tickets for ‘Amaranth’ cost from R150 to R495, with concessions for pensioners, scholars and block bookings of ten or more.
Bookings can be made at Computicket or 0861 915 8000