Final Performances of Cape Dance Company's SACREDSPACE Season at Artscape This Weekend

Nathan Bartman in a scene from
"A Thousand Shepherds" in SACREDSPACE
Photo credit: Pat Bromilow-Downing

The Cape Dance Company's season of SACREDSPACE will close this weekend, with the classical-contemporary company's annual Artscape season having opened on 3 December. Under the artistic direction of Debbie Turner, this season follows highly successful runs at the Klein Karoo Arts Festival, the National Arts Festival's Main Programme and the Joburg Theatre.

Principally sponsored by the National Lotteries Commission, SACREDSPACE notably features a newly commissioned work by the South African-born choreographer, Andrea Schermoly. Schermoly trained at the National School of the Arts in South Africa and then at top schools such as the Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School and The Royal Ballet School in London, where she completed her dance education. As a professional ballet dancer, she has been a member of Boston Ballet and Nederlandse Dans Teater (NDT1 and NDT 2), working with choreographers Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Hans van Manen and many others. As a choreographer, she has created works for Boston Ballet 2, the Joffrey Concert Group and Kansas City Ballet to name a few.

Due to the tremendous success throughout South Africa of "A Thousand Shepherds," choreographed by the Spanish/UK choreographer, Jose Agudo, the work will be reprised by popular demand in SACREDSPACE. Starring Nathan Bartman, it is a deeply moving piece and a searing exploration of humanity that has received much acclaim on various SA stages.

A scene from the dynamic "Enemy Behind the Gates"
Photo credit: Pat Bromilow-Downing

The award-winning "Enemy Behind the Gates", choreographed by Christopher L Huggins of the USA, also returns. A spectacular piece that was re-staged last year to incorporate a double cast of 50, the largest complement of dancers ever used in this ballet, "Enemy Behind the Gates" will be performed using the double volume theatre stage space, leaving audiences breathless with a display of lightning-fast choreography that explodes charged emotion delivered by breath-taking athleticism and power by the company.

Featured artists in this season include Ipeleng Merafe, Celeste Botha, Marlin Zoutman, Carmen Lotz, Thamsanqa Njoko, Nathan Bartman, Olivia Parfitt, Ciara Baldwin, Gemma Trehearn, Given Mkhize and an excellent supporting cast. Lighting design throughout the production is by the award-winning Wilhelm Disbergen.

SACREDSPACE completes its season this Saturday, 10 December, with shows taking place at 20:00 nightly along with a Saturday matinee at 14:30. Tickets cost R130 - R200 via 0214217695 or Computicket. Advance booking is recommended. SACREDSPACE is also supported by the National Arts Council, Fruit & Veg City and Business & Arts South Africa.



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