International guest artists join ‘Sleeping Beauty’ cast

Hungarian Royal Ballet principal dancer. Tatiana Melnik (pictured) joins this year’s cast, co-playing the role of Princess Aurora with American ballerina Precious Adams. PHOTO: Dave Reuter
Hungarian Royal Ballet principal dancer. Tatiana Melnik (pictured) joins this year’s cast, co-playing the role of Princess Aurora with American ballerina Precious Adams. PHOTO: Dave Reuter

Sleeping Beauty will return to the Artscape Opera House from Saturday 17 to Saturday 31 August, featuring an exciting cast of talented performers from across the planet.

Performed to a score set by Russian composer Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty is a timeless story that follows Princess Aurora’s 100-year sleep and magical awakening told through ballet.

“We are honoured to be welcoming our international guest artists who will be joining us for selected performances,” says Debbie Turner, chief executive officer (CEO) of Cape Town City Ballet.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond Sarah Lamb’s control, she is no longer able to join Cape Town City Ballet for this season but hopes to do so in the near future.

“As a wonderful replacement, we are thrilled to welcome Tatiana Melnik who trained with Vadim at Perm Ballet School and is currently a principal of the Hungarian National Ballet.”

The title roles of Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund are divided between four performers.

South African born ballet-dancer, Andile Ndlovu, is set to portray Prince Florimund on the opening two nights.

Ndlovu, who was recently nominated for a Benois de la Danse Award in the category of Best Male Dancer, will be sharing the spotlight with co-lead American-born ballerina Precious Adams of the English National Ballet, portraying Princess Aurora.

Also playing the roles this year are Vadim Muntagirov – principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, and Benois de la Danse Award recipient (Best Male Dancer); and Hungarian National Ballet principal-ballerina, Melnik.

“I’m so looking forward to returning to Cape Town and dancing with Tatiana at these performances,” says Muntagirov.

“We trained at Perm Ballet School in Russia and this will be our first time dancing in Sleeping Beauty together. Tatiana is a beautiful ballerina, and it’s going to be a joyful experience.”

With set and costumes designed by acclaimed South African artist, Peter Cazalet, and lighting design for the production done by multi-award winning set technician, Wilhelm Disbergen – this seasonal production of Sleeping Beauty promises to be one not-to-miss-out-on experience.

As an additional treat for eager audiences, Cape Town City Ballet will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra during the 19:30 performances on Saturday 17, Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Wednesday 28 August.

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will also accompany the Cape Town City Ballet at the 15:00 performances on Sunday 18 and Saturday 31 August.

V Tickets are priced from R180 to R695 with concessions for pensioners, scholars and block bookings of 10 or more people through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at or any Shoprite Checkers outlet.

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