Siphe November returns to South Africa to perform with Cape Town City Ballet for one night only

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Siphesihle November. (Photo: National Ballet of Canada)
Siphesihle November. (Photo: National Ballet of Canada)
  • Ballet dancer Siphe November is returning to SA for one performance only.
  • Siphe, born in SA, is currently the Principal Artist of the National Ballet of Canada.
  • He'll perform in Veronica Paeper’s Romeo and Juliet with Cape Town City Ballet on 25 August at 19:30.

Western Cape born, Siphe November, South African ballet dancer, who at 23 already has a soaring international career, returns to South Africa to perform in Cape Town City Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet for one performance only.

This will be the first time that November, Principal Artist of the National Ballet of Canada, has performed on a South African stage since he left South Africa aged 11.

South African audiences will have the rare opportunity to witness the breath-taking and enigmatic skill of this unique dancer, when he joins Cape Town City Ballet on stage at Artscape Opera House for the performance on Thursday 25 August at 19:30, accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Brandon Phillips. 

November returns to play the role of Romeo in Cape Town City Ballet’s (CTB) production of Veronica Paeper’s Romeo and Juliet with Cape Town City Ballet’s Chanté Daniels as his Juliet.  

The performance by Siphesihle November has been made possible thanks to the generous investment of The Christian Ludolph Marais Trust.

“This is a milestone and pivotal moment in the landscape of South African ballet,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet. 

“We are honoured to welcome Siphe home to make his debut as Romeo, and partnering Cape Town City Ballet’s very own Chanté Daniels in her debut as Juliet in Veronica Paeper’s enchanting choreography. With our wonderful Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra accompanying the performance under the baton of conductor Brandon Phillips, this will be a unique and memorable evening celebrating outstanding South African artists. 

“Siphe’s rare talent, combined with his unwavering dedication to pursuing excellence in his art-form, has seen the meteoric rise of his thus far, illustrious career. He is, quintessentially, a role model for young aspiring South African artists studying dance and classical ballet. We are delighted he is coming home to South Africa to share his gift with us, performing for the very first time ever on a South African stage, for one performance only.” says Turner.

Siphesihle November. Photo credit National Ballet
Siphesihle November. (Photo: National Ballet of Canada)

Siphesihle November was born in rural Zolani in the Western Cape, and was accepted into Canada’s National Ballet School aged 11. He joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2017 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2021.

The young dancer was featured in a documentary, Beyond Moving, which follows his journey from Zolani, South Africa, to Canada’s National Ballet School and The National Ballet of Canada. 

Following her acclaimed recent productions of Carmen and A Christmas Carol The Story of Scrooge, Veronica Paeper returns to stage Romeo and Juliet for CTCB. Performed to Sergei Prokofiev’s dramatic score, William Shakespeare’s quintessential boy-meets-girl tale, follows the life course of  the ill-fated, star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. 

Set in the beautiful Italian city of Verona, the ballet explores the tapestry of life, from the bud of youth, the blooming of adulthood, hidden forbidden love, a suffocating family feud, visceral hatred and inevitable tragic destiny. 

The dream creative team is completed with Décor and Costume Design by Peter Cazalet and Lighting Design by Wilhelm Disbergen. 

Veronica Paeper’s Romeo and Juliet runs at Artscape from 4 to 28 August as part of Cape Town Coty Ballet’s Winter Season. 

Bookings can be made at Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 or through Computicket.

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