Etc | Festive Ballet

Etc | Festive Ballet

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.
One of the big scenes from The Tin Soldier.

A scene from The Tin Soldier, starring Thomas Thorne and Laua Bosenberg as The Tin Soldier and Paper Ballerina.

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.

Laura Bosenberg and Ivan Boonzaaier.

Laura Bosenberg and Ivan Boonzaaier.

‘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.

Thomas Thorne as The Tin Soldier.

Thomas Thorne as The Tin Soldier mid-leap.

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.

Tin Soldier is based on the fairy-tale of Hans Christian Andersen.

The Tin Soldier – a story of love with a happy ending.

Belles & Beaux - celebrating Christmas in all its forms.

Belles & Beaux – Christmas in all its forms.

Book Your Tickets

The Tin Soldier is on at the Artscape from 11 – 24 December 2013. Tickets are between R125 and R225 and can be booked through Computicket or by calling Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021 421 7695).

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.

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