Music and ballet back aon stage at Artscape

Cape Town City Ballet dancer, Mia Labuschagne.

Cape Town City Ballet, in collaboration with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), under the baton of Brandon Phillips, will return to Artscape for three performances only from today Thursday December 10 to Saturday December 12.

Cape Town City Ballet – Back on Stage will feature a programme of two works – George Balanchine’s Serenade and Moon Behind the Clouds, a suite of works made during the time of Covid-19, by South African choreographers Veronica Paeper, Celeste Botha, Kirsten Isenberg, Yaseen Manuel, Lindy Raizenberg, Louisa Talbot and Marlin Zoutman.

Serenade is staged by Rebecca Metzger via Zoom for The George Balanchine Foundation and performed to the music of Tchaikovsky.

The performances of Serenade have been made possible by the Toby Fine Ballet Fund, formed in memory of the South African ballerina, Toby Fine, by David Bloomberg and the Bloomberg family.

These performances at Artscape are staged in honour of the life and memory of David Bloomberg, who was a philanthropist and supporter of the arts Laced together through the text of Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata, Moon Behind the Clouds will be narrated by Marcel Meyer.

“We are also delighted that the programme will include a performance by sopranos Siphokazi Molteno and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, who will be singing The Flower Duet from the opera Lakme,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet.

“These performances are an uplifting and momentous opportunity to be able to present Cape Town City Ballet in collaboration with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on the Opera stage at Artscape during this time. This year has been an extremely challenging one for everyone, but there is no doubt that people are drawn to the emotive power of live performance. The innate need to have these experiences as a part of our lives is unquestionable,” says Turner.

The shows are at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday and 3pm on Saturday.

Tickets cost between R300 and R500 and can be booked through Artscape Dial-a-Seat at 021 421 7695 or http://www.artscape.co.za