Words: ClassicSA Media | Photo: Jacques Conradie
Belles & Beaux a ballet production full of sparkle, humour and some of the best ballet treats, will show off Cape Town City Ballet’s ballerinas and danseurs in a selection of scenes from delightful ballets. Performed at Artscape Opera House from 18 – 21 December, this production has a festive spirit that will appeal to all.
Photo credit: Jacques Conradie
Following the success of Belles of the Ballet, which showcased the ballerinas of Cape Town City Ballet on Women’s Day this year, Belles & Beaux will combine the skills of both the female and male dancers of the company in a highly entertaining and fun-filled show that is ideal for the holiday season.
Some of the highlights will included excerpts from Robin van Wyk’s 2011 hit ballet The Italian Affair. Two of Cape Town audiences’ favourite dancers Mervyn Williams and Johnny Bovang will display their comic skills in The Waltz from the one act ballet, Graduation Ball, choreographed by Russian choreographer David Lachine. Scenes from the second act of Veronica Paeper’s Spartacus will be included in the programme, set to the emotive music by Aram Khachaturian.
From the classical repertoire dance lovers will be treated to scenes from Diane & Acteon, La Bayedere and Scheherazade, to name a few.
The Competition is a special dance that will be choreographed for the male dancers of the company to show off their expertise. This has been created by Mervyn Williams, who has been with Cape Town City Ballet for 27 years – first as a dancer, now as a character dancer, coordinator of the costume wardrobe and involved with CTCB’s outreach programmes. Another showcase for the male dancers will be The Trepak from The Nutcracker, by David Poole.
The programme will end with highly appealing and humorous scenes from the third act of Orpheus in the Underworld , the delightful ballet by Veronica Paeper. Set in Pluto’s Night Club, the Mafia and Caliope strut their stuff, while a bevy of Cape Town City Ballet’s gorgeous girls will end the programme with the Can Can.
Belles and Beaux is presented at the Artscape Opera House by Cape Town City Ballet from 18-22 December 2013.Bookings at Computicket or Artscape-dial-a-seat on 021 421 7695. Tickets R 125 – R 220. Special discount packages are availablefor groups of 10 OR 2 or 3 show combo ticket.
Performance dates Belles & Beaux:
Wed 18 Dec @ 19h30
Fri 20 Dec @ 15h00
Fri 20 Dec @ 19h30
Sat 21 Dec @ 14h00
Sat 21 Dec @ 19h30
Sun 22 Dec @ 15h00
The production is danced to a soundtrack.
Cape Town City Ballet Christmas Season at Artscape
The Tin Soldier: 11 – 24 December 2013, Artscape Opera House
Belles and Beaux: 18 - 22 December 2013, Artscape Opera House
Night & Day: 31 December 2013 – 11 January 2014, Artscape Theatre