MEDIA REVIEWS

“Breathtaking, a joy to behold… will make every ballet lover’s heart dance with delight.”

MEDIA REVIEWS

“Breathtaking, a joy to behold… will make every ballet lover’s heart dance with delight.”

“Rapturous applause from a clearly adoring public...”

Sleeping Beauty August 2019
“Cape Town City Ballet’s much-anticipated production of Sleeping Beauty opened to a full house at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town at the weekend. The first full-length classical ballet to be presented under new CEO Debbie Turner, dance fans were eager to see the result of months of hard work behind the scenes by company and cast alike and, for select performances, to see international guest stars in the lead roles.” Debbie Hathway, Bizcommunity.com, view full review here

“There are so many jewels in this sparkling crown of scenes...”

Sleeping Beauty August 2019
“There are so many jewels in Sleeping Beauty’s sparkling crown of scenes, from Aurora’s christening to her wedding, with some especially charming scenes when the forest creatures awaken along with Aurora after their 100-year sleep. The spectacular and expansive sets and sensational wardrobe (all by Peter Cazalet) and genius lighting design by Wilhelm Disbergen complete this fairytale of a show that is staged by Denise Schultze Godfrey. Sleeping Beauty will dazzle audience members of all ages. Siobhan Cassidy, Call Off The Search, view full review here

“Mesmerising… deliciously different and equally beautiful… captivating…”

Amaranth July 2019
Orielle Berry, Cape Argus

“Goosebumps… pretty special...”

Amaranth July 2019
Theolin Tembo, IOL

“Breathtaking, a joy to behold. Will make every ballet lover’s heart dance with delight.”

Amaranth July 2019
Barbara Loots, Theatre Scene Cape Town. Read full review here

“Beautiful images and excellent ensemble dancing...”
Amaranth July 2019
“A true celebration of the marriage of classical ballet with more contemporary styles, Cape Town City Ballet’s Amaranth is a must-see.” 
The Show Guy. Read full review here
“Cape Town gets a taste of the feast of ballet that awaits...”

Amaranth July 2019
“George Balanchine’s Serenade, is the perfect appetizer. It is light, but not frothy… set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings… it fires up all our taste buds.”

“We are soothed and pleased, held and caressed...”

Amaranth July 2019
“Bliss! The music, the dance, the colour washes gently over us… Balanchine himself said of Serenade that there is no hidden story, that it is just people dancing beautifully in the moonlight.”

“Moving and satisfying...”

Amaranth July 2019
“Veronica Paeper’s staging of South African-born Frank Staff’s Transfigured Night is moving and satisfying.  The young lovers provide a joyous counterpoint to the jealousy and rage of the family drama. Leané Theunissen as the older sister was the standout performer of the night for me.”

“60 dancers... sensational piece delivers again and again.”

Amaranth July 2019
“… when the cast of 60 dancers claims the stage and the audience for Enemy At The Gates Christopher Huggins’ sensational piece delivers again and again.”

"Breathtaking fusion of contemporary ballet and modern movement...”

Amaranth July 2019
“Spectacularly athletic ballet leaves one totally satisfied, yet we wouldn’t say no to a second helping, or even a third. A hot and spicy final course.”

"A sweeping statement on the breadth and depth we can expect from the new CEO..."

Amaranth July 2019
“Amaranth… is a tantalising tasting menu of what is to come… a sweeping statement on the breadth and depth we can expect from the new season and the new CEO at Cape Town Cuty Ballet.” Siobhan Cassidy, Call Off The Search, view full review here

“Takes your breath away...”

Amaranth July 2019
“George Balanchine’s Serenade is a lyrical patterning of perfectly groomed dancers in silvery blue and the visual impact takes your breath away… Repetiteur for the George Balanchine Foundation Rebecca Metzger did a wonderful job translating this work for a cast eager to learn something new.” Debbie Hathway, Bizcommunity.com here

“Keeps its audience in thrall...”

Amaranth July 2019
“What makes this production so pleasing is the commitment and well-honed proficiency of its executants… Tightness of ensemble in such a huge group of dancers is admirable, attesting to the discipline of long and intensive rehearsal common to both classical and contemporary ballet and, in this case, bringing its reward.” Beverley Brommert, Weekend Special here

"A triumph of classical meets contemporary ballet... exhilarating..."

Amaranth July 2019
Robyn Cohen, The Cape Robyn

"Sophisticated elegance but also capable of expressive tenderness..."

Cinderella October 2018
“Performance-wise, there is much to recommend this production. Janet Lindup as Daffodil (the senior Ugly Sister) breaks with the panto tradition of cross-dressed females, and is stellar in the part, exploiting its comic potential with her infectious sense of fun. Quiroga dazzles as the Prince, all sophisticated elegance but at the same time, capable of expressive tenderness in pas de deux with Laura Bosenberg as Cinderella. Their first partnership in the pre-ball fantasy of Act 1 is memorable, its calibre confirmed by later appearances together. Reliable accompaniment from the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, stunning visuals resulting from Kirsti Cumming’s digital design and Faheem Bardien’s lighting, and the collective commitment of the cast, combine to make this an auspicious start to the 2018 summer season.” Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus

"Bringing emotional depth to this ballet drama..."

Giselle July 2018
“Angela du Preez and Pam Golding, two recently deceased Cape Town City Ballet stalwarts, were honoured, on Friday 6 July, by Giselle’s opening night. These two indomitable women, were giants in their long-term commitment to CTCB, and have left an “unfillable” void in our local ballet world. For over a half-century Elizabeth Triegaardt has played significant roles within CTCB’s frame… and now shows an extraordinary talent for schooling traditional ballet blanc corps de ballet to meet the highest standards. The female corps’ togetherness and style created the eerie supernatural quality Act 2 demands, backed by equally implacable leading Wilis, Hannah Ward and Claire Spector, Rosamund Ford turned in a fine performance as the cold heartless Myrtha. And Daniel Szybkowski as Albrecht, blended well to Laura Bosenberg’s Giselle, bringing emotional depth to this ballet drama. Bosenberg’s fresh approach to the “mad scene” made it one of the most heart breaking yet seen at Artscape. Xola Putye’s physical looks ideally suit Hilarian; of note in particular was his excellent mime craft.” Sheila Chisholm

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