Listen up culture vultures: Symphony of Dance opens tonight at the Artscape

by Karisa

Laura Bösenberg & Thomas Thorne in ROMANCE – Photo by Pat Bromilow-Downing

Culture vulture… when last did you hear that term?  Not really sure why it popped into my head, but I feel it works in this instance. 😉

For all those lovers of dance and grand symphonies, Symphony of Dance brought to you by the Cape Town City Ballet and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be something you’ll definitely want to check out.

Opening at the Artscape this evening and running until the 11th, you get to see both dancers and orchestra sharing one stage.

This is something quite unusual you see, as normally you’ll find the orchestra tucked away in the pit below the stage… #LetThemBeFree!

Conceptualized by Robin van Wyk, Artistic Director of Cape Town City Ballet, the programme features six breath-taking ballets danced to famous orchestral and instrumental masterpieces by Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Ponchielli, Barber and Pärt.

Need more convincing?  Here’s a breakdown of the show:

The highlight of the programme is bound to be the world premiere and first ever staging of Romance, a new ballet by Robin van Wyk, danced to a live performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s magnificent 2nd Piano Concerto. Audiences will be thrilled to know that the piano soloist for all performances will be the acclaimed South African pianist, Francois du Toit.

Two more ballets will also be premiered. Largo Variation, choreographed by Kirsten Isenberg, is set to the poignant minimalistic, Spiegel im Spiegel, by the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt. In Adagio for Strings, another new work by Van Wyk, the dancers will move to the stirringly emotive composition by the same name, written by American composer Samuel Barber.

Audiences can additionally look forward to the beloved music of Johann Strauss in The Emperor Waltz, choreographed by Veronica Paeper, and The Blue Danube, choreographed by Van Wyk. In Van Wyk’s ballet Ensemble for Six, The Dance of the Hours from Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera, La Gioconda, will take centre stage.

Tickets range from R150 to R350 and are available from Computicket over here or via Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.

Keen?  Then all you need to do is book your slot:

  • Wed 7 Oct @ 19h30
  • Fri 9 Oct @ 19h30
  • Sat 10 Oct @ 14h00
  • Sat 10 Oct @19h30
  • Sun 11 Oct @ 15h00


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