Cinderella by Cape Town City Ballet will revive Veronica Paeper’s original production incorporating digital design and new choreographic elements
Following the groundbreaking Mozart & Salieri, Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) will next present Cinderella at the Artscape Opera House from 5 to 21 October 2018. The production, accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic at select performances, incorporates new digital elements by design luminary Peter Cazalet who returns to work alongside Veronica Paeper, a creative coup by Acting Executive Director Tracy Li.
Cinderella by Cape Town City Ballet cast
Paeper, who will also direct this production, first choreographed Cinderella for CAPAB Ballet in 1975 and, like Cazalet, will re-work aspects of the charming, feel-good classic that has enchanted dance audiences around the world for decades. In a move that is sure to delight Capetonian balletomanes, Paeper has cast former CAPAB and CTCB ballerina Janet Lindup into the deliciously over-the-top role of the Ugly Sister Daffodil opposite Johnny Bovang and Mervyn Williams as Violet.
Both Ugly Sister roles are typically taken by males and there’s no doubt Lindup’s sense of humor will be a delightful addition to the stellar CTCB lineup.
International guest artist Maxime Quiroga will return from France to dance the role of Prince Charming opposite Senior Principal ballerina Laura Bosenberg. Quiroga, seen most recently in the title role in Marc Goldberg’s Mozart & Salieri, will alternate with Daniel Szybkowski and Conrad Nusser while the role of Cinderella will be shared between Bosenberg, Kirstel Paterson and Mariette Opperman.
The Fairy Godmother will be danced by Caitlin Smith, Leane Theunissen, Claire Spector and Hannah Ward. Buttons will be performed by Tusile Tenza, Craig Pedro and Stephen Underwood, all three of whom, together with Jordan Roelfze, will also share the role of the Jester. Craig Pedro and Stephen Underwood will be seen as the Dancing Master.
Cinderella is presented in three acts and set to Prokofiev’s stirring score, with Brandon Phillips conducting Cape Town Philharmonic at certain performances.
What: Cinderella by Cape Town City Ballet
Cinderella Cape Town City Ballet: Artscape, 5 – 21 October 2018
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