Cape Town City Ballet’s Autumn/Winter Season continues with popular favourite ‘Sleeping Beauty’. It will be performed at the Artscape Opera House from August 17 to 31.
“We are honoured to be welcoming our international guest artists who will be joining us for selected performances, and we are delighted that esteemed South African ballet legend Denise Schultze Godfrey is here to stage the production for us,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet.
Precious Adams of the English National Ballet and Andile Ndlovu of Washington Ballet will perform the roles of Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund on both August 17 and 18. South African Ndlovu was recently nominated for a Benois de la Danse Award in the category of Best Male Dancer, alongside Vadim Muntagirov, who won the Award. These awards are considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of the dance world. USA born Precious Adams was a double-prize winner at the prestigious 2014 Prix de Lausanne and was also awarded the Emerging Artist Award at the UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2018.
Vadim Muntagirov, Principal at The Royal Ballet, will perform the role of Prince Florimund opposite Tatiana Melnik, Principal at the Hungarian National Ballet, as Princess Aurora on August 28 and 31.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond Sarah Lamb’s control she is no longer able to join Cape Town City Ballet for this season, but hopes to do so in the near future,” says Turner. “As a wonderful replacement we are thrilled to welcome Tatiana Melnik who trained with Vadim at Perm Ballet School and is currently a Principal of the Hungarian National Ballet.”
“I’m so looking forward to returning to Cape Town and dancing with Tatiana at these performances,” says Muntagirov. “We trained at Perm Ballet School in Russia and this will be our first time dancing in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ together. Tatiana is a beautiful ballerina, and it’s going to be a joyful experience.”
Set and Costume Design for ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is by Peter Cazalet, and Lighting Design for the production is by Wilhelm Disbergen.
Performed to Tchaikovsky’s delightful music, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is the timeless story that follows Princess Aurora’s 100 year sleep and magical awakening. It features captivating encounters with fairies and fairytale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and the Bluebird and Princess Florine that promises to enchant young and old audience members alike.
* Tickets cost from R180 to R695 with concessions for pensioners, scholars and block bookings of ten or more.
CTCB will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at the 7.30pm performances on Saturday, August 17; Friday the 23rd; Saturday the 24th; and Wednesday the 28th. They will also accompany CTCB at the 3pm performances on Sunday, August 18, and Saturday, the 31rd.
Should patrons who have booked their tickets August for 28 or 31 have any queries, they can contact Computicket directly.
Bookings can be made at Computicket on 0861 915 8000
Visit www.capetowncityballet.org.za for more information.