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Posted on: Wednesday, 22 September 2010

‘Carmen’ by the Cape Town City Ballet

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I can remember sitting in a variety of orchestras playing the music from Georges Bizet’s Carmen however it never really compared to hearing it played by a symphony orchestra. My poor violin playing aside, the music does warm my soul and when I hear the distinct opening notes of the score I must admit a big smile crosses my face.

When I went to the Cape Town International Ballet Competitions gala performance we were treated to an excerpt from the Cape Town City Ballet’s new performance of Carmen. This is Veronica Paeper’s (an acclaimed Cape Town choreographer) three-act ballet and will be on stage at the Artscape Theatre from 14 October to 7 November 2010 and if the preview was anything to go by the full production is going to be stunning!

If you don’t know the story let me give you a brief overview. Carmen is a fiery gypsy and Don Jose, the solider, falls in love with her and this leads to a multitude of twists and turns, but when Carmen rejects him and turns her love towards Escamillo, the bullfighter, Don Jose is sent into a jealous rage and well… go and see the ballet to find out how it ends!

We’re in for a treat with this cast as there are three alternating couples dancing the roles of Carmen and Don Jose. We have Megan Swart (prima ballerina) with one of my favourites Xola Putye and is also partnered with Kim Vieira with Robin Van Wyk as Escamillo. The third leading couple will be danced by Laura Bosenberg and Thomas Thorne. Laura danced the role at the International Ballet Competition and she was positively electric.

The ballet was performed at the Grahamstown Festival this year and performed to sold out audiences and well deserved standing ovations. Dancers Robin Van Wyk, Thomas Thorne and Laura Bosenberg have also recently returned from a very successful run of Carmen with the South African Ballet Theatre. So Cape Town you are most definitely in for a treat.

Carmen is not your traditional classical ballet, it is hot and fiery, passionate and exciting.

Don’t forget that your support for this production is greatly needed to keep the arts alive in Cape Town. We need to fill the house at every performance to keep these dancers on stage and in our lives!

Tickets & Bookings:
Tickets are priced from R70 to R130 per person and can be booked from Computicket or from Artscape Dial-a-Seat, telephone them on +27 (0)21 426-7695.

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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