Fairy-tale ballet

2010-11-11 00:00

FOLLOWING its triumphant season of Giselle in Durban last year, Cape Town City Ballet returns to the Playhouse Opera Theatre to open the Playhouse’s 2010 Festive Season with its enchanting production of Cinderella.

Early booking is advised for this limited season which runs from November 19 to 24.

Veronica Paeper’s choreography, set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, brings the fantasy of Perrault’s fairy tale vividly to life. Featuring the outrageous Ugly Sisters, Daffodil and Violet, and the benevolent Fairy Godmother, along with fairy-tale land’s all-time favourite heroine and her prince, Cinderella is comedy ballet at its best.

With costumes by Peter Cazalet, the role of Cinderella will be danced alternately by Laura Bosenberg, Megan Swart and Celeste George, and the Prince by Thomas Thorne, Xola Putye and Robin Van Wyk.

The production will be performed to live accompaniment by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Naum Rousine.

Presented in association with The Playhouse Company, the ballet tells the classic fairy-tale story of the young Cinderella and her two ugly stepsisters, Violet and Daffodil, and their search for the Prince at the ball. The romantic highpoint comes with the pas de deux in the second act between the now glittering Cinderella and the handsome prince.

The ballet is full of humour and fairy-tale escapism. The Cape Town City Ballet’s male dancers take on the roles of the stepsisters, providing this production with some delightfully funny moments.

Tickets for Cinderella range from R70 to R140. Book through Computicket or phone 031 369 9596 (office hours). — Arts Editor.

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