Three exciting ballet masterpieces
ARTSCAPE 22 June – 7 July 2019

George Balanchine, Russian choreographer; the father of American Ballet. © The George Balanchine Trust, NY

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.

© image New York City Ballet

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.

Three exciting ballet masterpieces

“Please join us for our 2019 Autumn / Winter season; a celebration of classical ballet and modern classics.” Debbie Turner, CEO Cape Town City Ballet

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Select performances accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra


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