Theatre Review: Spring & Fall Ballet

On Friday evening I went along to watch a new ballet at The Artscape Theatre called Spring & Fall. Running until Tuesday 30 September, the Cape Town City Ballet are performing 3 works by world renowned choreographer John Neumeier from the Hamburg Ballet Company. Neumeier is considered to be one of the greatest choreographers of the 21st century, and his volume of work consists of around 120 ballets!

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I took my mom along with me to enjoy this outing and we both really enjoyed the energetic & exciting dance performances… The 3 modern ballets being performed for the first time on South African soil are:

Spring and Fall – a lyrical piece danced to Dvorák’s stirring Serenade for Strings in E major Op. 22, one of the composer’s most beloved compositions.

Vaslav – dedicated to the fascinating life and work of legendary dancer and choreographer, Vaslav Nijinsky. Set to gorgeous music by Johan Sebastian Bach, the dancers performed to the accompaniment of a live pianist, Pieter Rooi, on stage.

Le Sacre – danced to Igor Stravinski’s highly dramatic and primeval composition, The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps), one of the most influential orchestral works of the 20th century. The original idea for the ballet came to Stravinsky in his sleep, dreaming about an ancient ritual in which a young girl is chosen as a sacrificial victim. She dances herself to death in order to bring forth the onset of spring.

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Two star dancers from Hamburg Ballet, Silvia Azzoni and Alexander Riabko, join the Cape Town City Ballet company for this production and appear in every performance and The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra accompanying the production.

Ticket prices range from R100 to R280 and are available via Computicket or via Artscape Dial-a-Seat (Tel: 021 421 7695)

Images: Cape Town City Ballet
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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!

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