Sensual New Cape Town City Ballet Season for Artscape

Rosamund Ford and Craig Pedro
in "The Miraculous Mandarin"
Photo credit: Pat Bromilow-Downing

With an all-time family favourite like COPPÉLIA plus a triple bill of exquisite neo-classical ballets by Ashley Killar in SHADES OF LOVE, Cape Town City Ballet's upcoming season promises to be an absolute feast for the senses.

SHADES OF LOVE, a programme of three contrasting ballets choreographed by Killar, will be danced to magnificent music by Benjamin Britten, Béla Bartók and Maurice Ravel. SHADES OF LOVE includes "Towards Illusion", "The Miraculous Mandarin" and "Sarabande", each ballet portraying varying aspects of love. Due to its adult subject matter, "The Miraculous Mandarin" will be replaced at matinee performances by Glazunov Variations and pas de deux from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ROMEO AND JULIET.

COPPÉLIA, based on the well-known story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, is family fun at the ballet personified. The magical tale focuses around Dr Coppelius, a mechanical doll-maker, and his fascination for his favourite doll, Coppélia, and the romance between Swanilda and Franz.Accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at selected performances, the orchestra's young resident conductor, Brandon Phillips, will take his bow conducting for the Cape Town City Ballet for the first time.

Says Chief Executive of Cape Town City Ballet, Prof. Elizabeth Triegaardt:

With this season, we are delighted to once again show our loyal audiences the versatility of our dancers by expanding the repertoire through our special collaboration with Ashley Killar, while at the same time also treating fans to a perennial classic such as COPPÉLIA.

Cape Town City Ballet presents SHADES OF LOVE and COPPÉLIA at Artscape in Cape Town during the month of May. SHADES OF LOVE is on stage at the Artscape Theatre from 7 to 22 May, with tickets for the evening performances costing R120 - R200 and those for the matinees costing R100 - R180. COPPÉLIA's short season from 25 - 29 May has tickets costing R110 - R160 for performances accompanied by the orchestra, with performances danced to recorded music costing only R50. Bookings are open and tickets for both productions are available through Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695. For more information, visit the Cape Town City Ballet website or the company's Facebook page.

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