Opening her first season as the new CEO of the Cape Town City Ballet, Debbie Turner has pulled off a major coup for Cape Town: the rights to George Balanchine’s Serenade, his first original ballet in the USA. Serenade introduces an exciting Triple Bill of classical and modern masterpieces, all deserving of the name Amaranth [from the Greek αμαραντος “unfading”].
A major coup for Cape Town…George Balanchine’s neo-classical Serenade (1934) is one of Balanchine’s most beautiful ballets, a milestone in the history of dance and a signature work of the New York City Ballet (seen here). Set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48. with four movements; Sonatina, Waltz, Russian Dance and Elegy. Staging by Rebecca Hirsch.
Honouring our own…
In rehearsal: Veronica Paeper and dancers work on Frank Staff’s Transfigured Night (1957). Set to a sweeping score by Schoenberg, it honours our South African heritage. Based on a true story of siblings dominated by an older sister, it’s a dramatic love story with intimate duets, a hallmark of Staff’s choreography.
“Enemy” is back…
Christopher L. Huggins is back in South Africa to restage his award-winning ballet Enemy Behind the Gates (2001). This spectacular athletic fusion of contemporary ballet and modern movement is clean and fast-moving, an exciting, confrontational work created in a militaristic and percussive style – a fitting finale to this triple bill of exciting and diverse works.
Select performances accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra