CTCB in Sleeping Beauty, which will be presented as part of their Autumn/Winter 2019 Season. Picture: Pat Bromilow-Downing

Bookings are now open for the Cape Town City Ballet 2019 Autumn/Winter Season.

A combined celebration of modern classics and popular favourites, CTCB’s line-up at the Artscape Opera House includes AMARANTH from 22 June to 7 July, and SLEEPING BEAUTY from 17 to 31 August 2019.

International guest artists

For SLEEPING BEAUTY, CTCB will welcome Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb (The Royal Ballet), Precious Adams (English National Ballet), Andile Ndlovu (Washington Ballet) and Siphe November (National Ballet of Canada).

The triple bill of AMARANTH is a programme of neo-classical and contemporary classical masterpieces with George Balanchine’s Serenade, Frank Staff’s Transfigured Night and Christopher L Huggins’ Enemy Behind the Gates. The set and costume design for Transfigured Night will be modernised by Peter Cazalet. Lighting design is by award-winning designer Wilhelm Disbergen, who completes the creative team.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48. with four movements; Sonatina, Waltz, Russian Dance and Elegy, neo-classical Serenade is one of Balanchine’s most beautiful ballets and a milestone in the history of dance as the first original ballet he created in America. It remains a signature work of the New York City Ballet’s repertory and will be staged for CTCB by Rebecca Hirsch.

Honouring South African heritage as part of the programme, CTCB presents Frank Staff‘s Transfigured Night staged by doyenne Veronica Paeper. Set to a sweeping score by Schoenberg, Transfigured Night is based on a true story. This intense and dramatic drama relays the story of a brother and sister dominated by an older sister.

American choreographer Christopher L Huggins also returns with his acclaimed Enemy Behind the Gates,a look into the minds of incendiaries – how they live quietly and patiently in the shadows before they strike. It’s been dubbed a “ breathtakingly athletic fusion of contemporary ballet and modern movement that is militaristic and percussive in style.”

Warming up winter is popular favourite SLEEPING BEAUTY staged by South African ballet legend Denise Schultze Godfrey. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s music, this timeless story follows Princess Aurora’s 100 year sleep and magical awakening, as well as encounters with fairytale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and the Bluebird and Princess Florine.

“The 2019 Autumn/ Winter programme is a captivating celebration of classical ballet and modern classics,’ says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet. “The line-up is a marriage of work by international icons and South African legends, who are leading lights in the global dance arena. We are honoured to be welcoming our international guest artists, some of whom are returning home for the Season, as well as working alongside ballet masters who have been a pivotal part of CTCB’s journey.”

Performances dates with international guest artists

17, 18 August 2019 – Andile Ndlovu (Washington Ballet), Precious Adams (English National Ballet), Siphe November (National Ballet of Canada)

28 and 31 August 2019 – Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb (Principals of the Royal Ballet)

AMARANTH will be at Artscape Opera House from 22 June until 7 July. Tickets are R150 to R495, with concessions for pensioners, scholars and block bookings of 10 or more.

SLEEPING BEAUTY will be at the Artscape Opera House from 17 to 31 August. Tickets are R180 to R695, with concessions for pensioners, scholars and block bookings of 10 or more.

CTCB will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at selected performances.

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