Upcoming production from the Cape Dance Company
The Cape Dance Company (CDC) has a strong history in Cape Town and this year they are celebrating their 15th anniversary at the Artscape Theatre from 24 November to 4 December 2010. The CDC has been under the direction of Debbie Turner since 1995 and Jacqui Pells is now also assisting. This is a contemporary dance company, but one that also explores both neo-classical and neo-contemporary works.
I have seen many performances from the CDC and they never disappoint. The dancers are disciplined and very well trained. Each leg and arm extension is gorgeous and the dancers are in unison you almost feel as if you’re watching one solid movement performed by many dancers.
For this production you will see a number of new works. Christopher Huggins from the states choreographed the award winning Enemy Behind the Gates which is a confrontational piece created in a militaristic style. This certainly does sound like it will be a unique visual experience for dance lovers. Huggins has also choreographed a solo guest artist Sean Carmon to Nina Simone’s “I Put a Spell on You”. Carmon is a recent graduate from the Ailey School and is a freelance artist who is currently performing on Broadway.
Some of the other works that will be performed are Allesverloren from Brazilian / American choreographer Carlos Dos Santos, Us Travellers by Michelle Reid, Waiting for the Rain by Alfred Hinkel and extracts from On The Wings of Sue by French choreographer Redha. On The Wings of Sue is a cult classic from 1999 and has been re-staged for this production by Esther Nasser for the Cape Dance Company.
The performances run from 24-28 November and again from 1-4 December and begin at 20h15. The gala performance is on Wednesday 24 and is the only performance where Kayoko Amemiya, Christopher Huggins’ assistant, will perform a piece and this will be a real treat. Tickets for the gala performance are R150 per person and this includes a cocktail party after the show.
Tickets for the other performances range between R95 and R150 per person. There are block bookings available for groups of 10 or more persons. Senior citizens and students with valid ID are entitled to a 50% discount on tickets that are purchased 30 minutes before the start of the show (not available for the gala performance). Tickets can be purchased from Computicket or Artscape dial-a-seat on +27 (0)21 421-7695.
Spend an evening watching exciting works performed by magnificent dancers who have outstanding technical ability, agility and grace. The show will leave you wanting more…