If you have small children or if you just love the spirit of Christmas, you won’t want to miss out on the latest productions from the Cape Town City Ballet showing at the Artscape Theatre in December – The Tin Soldier and Belles & Beaux.
Last night saw the opening performance of this new ballet, based on the fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen and choreographed to the music of Alexander Glazunov by artistic director Robin van Wyk. ‘Having performed in five different productions of The Nutcracker and rehearsed the ballet several times, I felt it was time for a new ballet for the festive season,’ says Robin. And – much to my delight – he decided that, in the interests of all things happy and festive, the classic ending (where the Tin Soldier and his love the Paper Ballerina fall into a blaze of flames) should get a revamp to end on a happier note, which makes it even better for little ones…and far easier to explain to them as well.
‘I have taken choreographic licence with the end of the story and given the ballet a happy ending in accordance with the festive season.’
The opening performance saw two of my favourite dancers, Laura Bosenberg and Thomas Thorne (he of the never-ending legs) take up starring roles alongside Ivan Boonzaaier (The Jack in the Box), Jane Fidler (The Governess) and the always entertaining Johnny Bovang (Toymaker).
One of the most memorable performances of the night came from Mami Fujii who danced the role of Kitty Barlaqua and it was such a pleasure to watch her dance – she has such confidence and conviction in each move.
Belles & Beaux
The play on words with this new ballet – opening next Wednesday – is just lovely and so appropriate for Christmas. It comprises a selection of scenes from some very popular ballets and sees the star danseurs and ballerinas of the Cape Town City Ballet performing, including the likes of Tracy Li.
Book Your Tickets
Belles and Beaux begins next week and is only on for a short time from 18 – 22 December so be sure to book your tickets (R125-R220) now so you don’t miss out.