Cape town City Ballet in Marc Goldberg’s dance adaptation of Noel Coward’s The VORTEX

The CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET presents Marc Goldberg’s dance adaptation of Noel Coward’s hugely controversial play, The VORTEX, in the ARTSCAPE Theatre in July

The ballet explores themes of drug addiction in 1920’s high society, adultery, ageing and dysfunctional family dynamics over the course of a weekend in the country home of David and Florence Lancaster.

We follow Florence through the return of her son Nicky and his new-found fiancée, Bunty, from Paris and the gradual understanding that Nicky is harbouring a dark secret. Florence‘s obsession with youth and beauty is displayed in her constant affairs with much younger men, in this case the dashing Tom, her current lover and a school friend of her son, and proves to be a greater challenge than anticipated.

All this and more culminates into an explosion that irrevocably changes the lives of those involved.

Musically, we experience the unspoken tensions by the use of juxtaposing composers. Mr Coward’s live recordings of hits like Poor Little Rich Girl, I went to a Marvelous Party and Mad about the Boy are combined with Mexican electronic composer Murcof’s very atmospheric and sophisticated style to create a varied, and sometimes chilling, canvas of the human perspective, while working in the frame of Mr Coward’s glamour and frivolity and the opulence of the era.


Dancers featuring in this ballet include Laura Bosenberg, Thomas Thorne, Kim Vieira, Daniel Szybkowski, Xola Putye, Elizabeth Nienaber, Ivan Boonzaaier and Marc Goldberg himself.

On the same programme is Kirsten Isenberg’s ballet, created in 2014, called Of GODS & MEN, danced to the atmospheric music of Armand Amor and Philip Rombi.

“Gods can rule only as the eternal life force, whereas man is defined by his ability to feel – his humanness – a power beyond the immortality of gods “ – Kirsten Isenberg

You will also see a piece that was written by Robin van Wyk in 2010 as part of the production Poetry in Motion, called Funeral Blues.



15,16,22,23 July @ 20h00     16,23 July @ 14h30     17 July @ 15h00

Tickets: R150 – R180      Book at COMPUTICKET or ARTSCAPE Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695