UPDATE: 11 DECEMBER 2020: Performances have been postponed until January 2020.

Cape Town City Ballet – Back on Stage will be performed in collaboration with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Brandon Phillips, at Artscape.

Cape Town City Ballet - Back on Stage

Due to social distancing requirements, limited seats will be available for the performances on 10, 11 and 12 December 2020. The programme will feature two works – George Balanchine’s Serenade and Moon Behind the Clouds, a suite of works made during the time of Covid-19, by South African choreographers Veronica Paeper, Celeste Botha, Kirsten Isenberg, Yaseen Manuel, Lindy Raizenberg, Louisa Talbot and Marlin Zoutman.  The CPO will accompany CTCB with the renowned works of Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Barber, Satie, Delibes and Mahler.

Exquisite Serenade

George Balanchine’s exquisite Serenade is staged by Rebecca Metzger (via Zoom) for The George Balanchine Foundation, performed to music by Tchaikovsky.

The performances of Serenade have been made possible by the Toby Fine Ballet Fund, formed in memory of the remarkable South African ballerina, Toby Fine by David Bloomberg and the Bloomberg family. These performances at Artscape are staged in honour of the life and memory of David Bloomberg, a tireless philanthropist and supporter of the arts, who enabled so much for live performance through his vision and ongoing investment.

Cape Town City Ballet - Back on Stage

Suite of works

Moon Behind the Clouds is a suite of works made during the time of Covid-19, by seven South African choreographers. Laced together through the timeless text of Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata, this emotive and inspirational suite will be narrated by Marcel Meyer.  Nathalie Vijver is the Dramaturg for the work.

“We are also delighted that the programme will include a performance by sopranos Siphokazi Molteno and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, who will be singing The Flower Duet from the opera Lakme,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet.

What: Cape Town City Ballet – Back on Stage

Where and when: Artscape from 10 to 12 December 2020

Tickets: Artscape Dial-a-seat 021 421 7695 or click here

Photo credits:

Top right: Serenade, Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Photographer credit: Bronwyn Craddock

Bottom left: Cape Town City Ballet dancer Mia Labuschagne. Photo credit: Helena Fagan