Cape Town City Ballet’s 2019 Autumn/Winter Season

CTCB dance in the Prologue of previous prodution of Sleeping Beauty PHOTO CREDIT Pat Bromilow-Downing

A combined celebration of modern classics and historical popular favourites, Cape Town City Ballet’s (CTCB) recently announced line up at the Artscape Opera House includes AMARANTH from 22 June to 7 July and SLEEPING BEAUTY from 17 to 31 August.

For SLEEPING BEAUTY , CTCB will welcome leading international guest artists Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb (The Royal Ballet), Precious Adams (English National Ballet), Andile Ndlovu (Washington Ballet) and Siphe November (National Ballet of Canada).

The 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. The Set and Costume Design for Transfigured Night will be modernized and updated by the inimitable Peter Cazalet, and Lighting Design for the production is by award-winning designer, Wilhelm Disbergen who completes the creative team.

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 based on a true story, is intense and dramatic, telling a story of a brother and sister dominated by an older sister.

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.

Warming up winter is popular favourite SLEEPING BEAUTY staged by esteemed South African ballet legend Denise Schultze Godfrey. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s delightful music, this timeless story follows Princess Aurora’s 100 year sleep and magical awakening.

AMARANTH will be performed at the Artscape Opera House from 22 June until 7 July. 

SLEEPING BEAUTY will be performed at the Artscape Opera House from 17 to 31 August.

CTCB will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at selected performances.

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