It’s ballet time again – Catch Spring & Fall from 26 – 30 Sep (a collaboration with Hamburg Ballet)

by Karisa

From 26 – 30 September, the Cape Town City Ballet will be performing SPRING & FALL which features 3 works by world renowned choreographer John Neumeier.

Neumeier who became the director of the Hamburg Ballet in 1973, is considered to be one of the greatest choreographers of the 21st century, and his volume of work consists of around 120 ballets.  Under his leadership, the Hamburg Ballet has also become one of the top ballet companies in Europe.

This not only promises to be one of the most exciting dance performances to grace the South African stage, but it’s extra special in that all 3 works will be premiered in South African for the very first time.

The 3 works that will be featured are as follows:

  • Spring and Fall – a lyrical piece danced to Dvorák’s stirring Serenade for Strings in E major Op. 22, one of the composer’s most beloved compositions.
  • Vaslav – dedicated to the fascinating life and work of legendary dancer and choreographer, Vaslav Nijinsky.  Set to music by Johan Sebastian Bach, the dancers perform to the accompaniment of a live pianist on stage.
  • Le Sacre – danced to Igor Stravinski’s highly dramatic and primeval composition, The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps), one of the most influential orchestral works of the 20th century.  The original idea for the ballet came to Stravinsky in his sleep, dreaming about an ancient ritual in which a young girl is chosen as a sacrificial victim. She dances herself to death in order to bring forth the onset of spring.

Two star dancers from Hamburg Ballet, Silvia Azzoni and Alexander Riabko, will join the Cape Town City Ballet company for this production and will appear in every performance.  The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra will also be accompanying the production, with pianist Pieter Rooi accompanying Vaslav.

This really does promise to be a ballet performance not to be missed, so do take note of the following important details:

  • When?  26 – 30 September 2014
  • Where? Artscape Opera House
  • Performance times?
    Friday 26 September at 19h30
    Saturday 27 September at 14h30
    Saturday 27 September at 19h30
    Sunday 28 September at 15h00
    Tuesday 30 September at 19h30
  • Tickets?  Ticket prices range from R100 to R280 and are available via Computicket over here OR via Artscape Dial-a-Seat (tel: 021 421 7695)

A behind the scenes look at what to expect…  I really do love modern ballets, they’re so incredibly powerful and beautiful.  It always leaves me wanting to take up dance lessons… or at least practice some moves in my lounge 😉

So will I see you guys there?


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