Theatre Review: Camille the Ballet – our date night!

Do you go on Date Nights with your husband? It’s something I’ve had in my diary every second Friday since the beginning of the year (New Year’s resolution), but without fail almost every time the reminder goes off on my phone, we are at home in the middle of the bed/bath/story routine and without having planned a babysitter or booked a table anywhere…. Not Good!

Last week I was invited to attend the Opening Night of Camille, the ballet at The Artscape Theatre and without hesitation I jumped at the chance and was quite pleased to discover that my husband was prepared to be my “plus 1” which meant we were heading off on our very long overdue date night at last!

I grew up going to the ballet with my gran and it was always such a special occasion (and I can’t wait to introduce my daughter) I have very fond associations with the huge staircase, foyer and chandeliers at the Artscape and relish every opportunity to attend a show there. The ballet is always my favourite outing. As a mom, the chance to dress up and put on some heels and makeup is always lovely and better yet when you have your handsome husband on your arm.

We were treated to wonderful seats in Row K and had the perfect vantage point to see the entire stage and all the glorious sets but also see the expressions on the dancers faces. Besides the magnificent, opulent sets I always enjoy the costumes and I wasn’t let down – the outfits for Camille were stunning. And the dancing was wonderful too – it amazes me how perfectly controlled each step is. Laura Bosenburg as Camille was perfectly cast as the delicate concubine and I was enthralled at the way each of the dancers used their bodies to convey the emotion of the story – obviously helped along by the talented musicians of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra who provide the music at selected performances.

We both really enjoyed the evening, the ballet and the time together, and will definitely be sticking to more of our date nights in the future!


Camille is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas,The Lady of the Camellias. The ballet tells a tragic love story between a courtesan suffering from tuberculosis and a young provincial bourgeois, Armand Duval. The title character is based on Marie Duplessis, the real-life lover of author Dumas.

Based on Verdi’s well-known opera, La Traviata, this presentation of Camille follows Veronica Paeper’s dramatic balletic interpretation of the opera. It will run at the Artscape Opera House from 2 – 12 May 2013 and during the run one of Cape Town’s best-loved ballerinas, Tracy Li, makes her triumphant return to the ballet stage!

Remember a night at the ballet would not only make a perfect date night but is also a great way to treat your mom for Mother’s Day (Sunday 12 May!)

Tickets start from R100 each and can be booked online through Computicket.

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

1 Comment
  1. Thanks for the write up on Camille… I’m taking my daughter on mothers day!! How lucky am I? xx

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