Tribute to a great

2013-07-02 00:00

A YOUNG Durban-born dancer will be performing in Cape Town City Ballet’s vibrant production Night & Day, a tribute to the life and music of Cole Porter, at The Playhouse Opera Theatre from Thursday to Sunday.

Nicola Volker grew up in Westville and learnt to dance with the Karen Drake Dance studio and with Patricia McIntosh, who helped her through her major ballet exams.

Volker was in the Cape Town City Ballet’s graduate programme last year and has since been asked to stay on and join the company full-time. It is, she says, a dream come true.

“I began dancing when I was four years old and always wanted to be a dancer in a company. Now that I’m here, I do find it a bit surreal at times. I’m nowhere near the top yet, but I just love being in the whole environment,” she said.

Volker, who is part of the corps de ballet, will be appearing in the numbers Anything Goes, Let’s Misbehave, You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, Night and Day, You The Top, Everytime We Say Goodbye and the finale, Blow Gabriel.

As for what roles she would love to perform one day, Volker said that, like all dancers, she wants to dance the classic roles in Swan Lake, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet, adding: “But I also adore the role of Nikiya from La Bayadère, and with the company just having done Camille, which I didn’t know, and which is beautiful, I think I would love to do that role too.”

As a young dancer, she’s enjoying being able to learn from the company’s experienced principals and senior soloists.

“It’s wonderful working with people such as Kim Vieira and Johnny Bovang. They have so much knowledge. They’ve been trained by so many people and they know what works and what doesn’t. They are inspiring and Johnny is really good as a partner,” she said.

Night & Day goes to Durban following successful runs in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and Volker is hoping the KwaZulu-Natal ballet community arrives in force to support the Cape Town City Ballet.

Night & Day celebrates the life and music of one of the 20th century’s most popular songwriters, Cole Porter.

He wrote some of the wittiest and romantic songs heard, and dominated the American musical scene from the thirties to the fifties. His music continues to be popular, with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Robbie Williams, Michael Bublé and Alanis Morisette recording his songs. In Night & Day, directed by CTCB’s artistic director, Robin van Wyk, the audience will be transported to a Parisian park, a cafe in Venice, the streets of New York and a Hollywood film studio.

Tickets range from R90 to R120 at Computicket. Showtimes: 7.30 pm on July 4, July 5 and July 6, 2 pm on July 6 and 3 pm on July 7.


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