On Stage: Alchemy – brought to you by the Cape Town City Ballet

by Karisa

What’s better than watching a beautiful, powerful ballet? Getting to watch 3 in one night! 😉 It’s so good to have theatre, dance & live performances back in the world, and ballet is something that will always have a special place in my heart…

Alchemy features 3 dances honouring 3 of the world’s most celebrated male choreographers:

  • Concerto Barocco by George Balanchine
  • Falling Angels by Jiří Kylián ** cool side fact: this is the first time a Kylián work has been staged by a South African company **
  • Troy Game by Robert North

Alchemy will be presented at the Artscape Opera House from 6 to 13 November 2021. Bookings can be made via Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-seat at 021 421 7695.

Tickets prices range from R195 – R350.

But what about COVID-19 protocols:? Seating in the Artscape Opera House will be strictly limited to comply with social distancing regulations. Wearing of masks will also be enforced throughout the performance.

Now a little more about the 3 ballets:

Balanchine’s neo-classical Concerto Barocco is danced to J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, the instruments personified by the two leading ladies of the cast and an ensemble of eight female dancers. A beautiful pas de deux forms the focus of the second movement. Concerto Barocco is performed by permission of the ©The George Balanchine Trust.

Kylián’s Falling Angels is an all-women work created to an hypnotic Steve Reich score and inspired by the percussive musical rituals of West Africa. The energetic and tumultuous choreography becomes riveting as the dancers plunge into the vortex of the score.   It will be staged by Elke Schepers who sets a variety of Jiří Kylián’s works all over the world. Costume Design is by Joke Visser & Lighting Design by Jiří Kylián (concept) and Joop Caboort (realization).

Troy Game is Robert North’s witty and engaging all-male work set to a Brazilian-flavoured score by Jon Kelietio and Bob Downes. It is a suite of athletic solos and intricately constructed moving friezes inspired by Ancient Greek war games and martial arts. Costume Design for Troy Game is by Peter Farmer. Lighting Design is after original design by Charter.

In other news, we’re also celebrating the Artscape building’s 50th anniversary in existence – Established as the Nico Malan Theatre back in 1971. So even more reason to get out of the house & back into the theatre.

ALCHEMY – THREE DANCES – Performances are on 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 November at 19h30, with a matinee on Saturday 13 November at 15h00.

Will I see you there?


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