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Posted on: Monday, 5 October 2009

Bovim Ballet shakes things up

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If you, like me, have trouble convincing friends and family to accompany you to the theatre to watch ballet then I have some exciting news. Bovim Ballet presents SwingTime from 7-18 October 2009 at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

Why is this different you are asking, will we not just be seeing men in tights? Most definitely not, Sean Bovim, director of Bovim Ballet has shaken things up and made ballet exciting, entertaining and most of all appealing to one and all. Even those who are not interested in ballet will be delighted by this performance …

Bovim Balley - SwingTimeI first saw SwingTime in 2003 when it was originally created and was absolutely blown away by the new style of choreography that puts ballet back on the modern stage and opens it up to be enjoyed by all audiences. This is not a production where you will fall asleep, it will have you on the edge of your seats with the spectacular costumes, vibey music and energetic, beautiful dancers. This will certainly be a feast, not only for your eyes but your ears as well.

If you are wondering what some of Sean Bovim’s credentials are you will be glad to know he won the Dance Indaba Fringe Award for Choreography in 1995, the National Choreographic Competition in 1999 and in 2005 SwingTime won a Naledi Award.

For the past 15 years Bovim’s work has graced staged all across South Africa as well as Europe, the United Kingdom and USA. His previous works Queen at the Ballet and Tango Nights have been received with great success.

This year’s SwingTime production adds a new addition to the cast with the voice of accomplished vocalist, Francois Liliam. While your eyes are mesmerised by the colourful costumes by  Klûk and CGDT and wonderful dancing of the cast from Bovim Ballet, your ears will be met with Liliam’s mellow voice while he sings popular songs such as Fever, Mack the Knife and many more.

Bovim has tweaked this production by adding some new numbers and changing some of the existing ones. You will enjoy this production even more if you are a fan of the Big Band Era as this is where the story is set. The owner of a Swing Club, Mr Bojangles (performed by Grant Swift), tells a tale of dancing and romance and takes the audience down memory lane of his time at the Swing Club.

Although Bovim’s choreography is technically challenging he works with such a wonderful company of dancers that they make it seem effortless. I have my ticket booked for Saturday 17 October and cannot wait to be dazzled again and I am quite sure this production will inspire me to take up dancing again.

When?
7 to 18 October 2009: The show runs from Tuesdays to Saturday at 20h00 and Sundays at 18h00 and tickets can be purchased through Computicket or directly from the Baxter Theatre’s box office and cost between R120 and R150 a person. This is definitely a magical evening you will remember.

Note:
Due to the shows popularity Cape Town will be happy to know that the show has been extended by 5 additional performances starting on Wednesday with the final performance on Sunday 25 October 2009. Don’t wait any longer, book your tickets now!

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