Ground-breaking ballet

2018-01-16 06:00

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Cape Town City Ballet presents a ground-breaking adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s short story Mozart and Salieri on the Artscape opera stage next month.

Marc Goldberg, the acclaimed choreographer of The Vortex, has combined a classical story with a 21st century design to bring a cinematic experience to modern ballet.

Digitalising his sets, yet retaining the silhouettes of the 17th century, this world premier promises a lot more than just beautiful dancing. The story, made so famous by Sir Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, follows the rumoured rivalry of Mozart and court composer, Antonio Salieri.

We witness dark undercurrents of jealousy and sabotage from Salieri, whose pious demeanour is challenged greatly on meeting Mozart. But the ballet is not just a story of political intrigue and envy – we also follow the love story of Mozart and Constanze, their meeting, marriage and subsequent children, beautifully depicted within the palace gardens.

Another exciting facet to Goldberg’s adaptation is his exploration of what it might have been like to create such a prolific body of work by the age of 35, as Mozart famously did. Sweeping scenes depicting Mozart within his own creative process add a layer to the story not previously ­explored.

Exquisitely crafted costumes by three separate designers, and the projected stylisation of the Schonbrunn Palace and other beautiful locations, frame the ballet company in this two-act ballet, performed to many jewels of Mozart’s extensive repertoire. Three years in the making, this new production boasts sumptuous visuals with 3D mapped projection, sweeping dancing and pas de deuxs that ballet audiences have come to expect. If you have ever felt that perhaps ballet isn’t your thing, Mozart and Salieri will ask you to rethink what you know about ballet in South Africa.

Mozart and Salieri will run from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 17 February. Wednesday shows will take place at 19:30, Saturday shows at 14:00 and 19:30, and Sunday shows at 15:00.

V Tickets are R150 to R270 from www.computicket.­com 


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