Bookings are open for Cape Town City Ballet’s exhilarating winter season, which runs from 4 to 28 August at Artscape in the Opera House.
 
The programme features a thrilling line up of ROMEO AND JULIET based on William Shakespeare’s classic, tragic love story and choreographed by South African ballet doyenne Veronica Paeper, alongside an invigorating new triple bill IKIGAI inspired by the Japanese concept of Purpose, Happiness and Peace
 
Following her acclaimed recent productions of Carmen and A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge, Veronica Paeper returns to stage ROMEO AND JULIET for CTCB. Performed to Sergei Prokofiev’s dramatic score, William Shakespeare’s quintessential boy-meets-girl tale, follows the life course of  the ill-fated, star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.
 
Set in the beautiful Italian city of Verona, the ballet explores the tapestry of life, from the bud of youth, the blooming of adulthood, hidden forbidden love, a suffocating family feud, visceral hatred and inevitable tragic destiny.
 
The dream creative team is completed with Décor and Costume Design by Peter Cazalet and Lighting Design by Wilhelm Disbergen.
 
IKIGAI is an invigorating triple bill inspired by the Japanese philosophy of life purpose, life happiness and life peace. Suitably depicted in those ideas are ballets by three generations of award-winning choreographers: Jiří Kylián’s FALLING ANGELS, Sir Frederick Ashton’s LES PATINEURS and Kenneth Tindall’s POLARITY, in collaboration with the artists of CTCB. IKIGAI will be presented from 17 to 28 August.

FALLING ANGELS is one of Jiří Kylián’s mesmerising masterworks for eight women, bristling with the power of the female persona. Set to an hypnotic Steve Reich score and inspired by the percussive musical rituals of West Africa,  FALLING ANGELS is scintillating in its complexity and richness of movement.
Costume Design is by Joke Visser with Lighting Design by Jiří Kylián (concept) and Joop Caboort (realization).
 
Choreographed by iconic British choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton and performed to music composed by Giacomo Meyerbeer, LES PATINEURS (The Skaters) features a party of ice skaters on a frozen pond joyfully depicting Ashton’s virtuosic choreography of charming divertissements in a beautiful trellised setting. Delightful in its humour, lyrical adagio of the lead couple, as the “spills and thrills” of the Blue Boy and friends show masterfully the multiple pirouettes and leaps. As the snow starts to fall the skaters glide away.
 
LES PATINEURS is staged on CTCB by Isabel McMeekan, who has performed around the world with The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. She is currently participating in the Frederick Ashton Foundation’s shadowing scheme set up to train the Ashton repetiteurs of the future.
 
Décor and Costume Design is by William Chappell with Lighting Design by Wilhelm Disbergen.
 
Award-winning, Kenneth Tindall’s POLARITY is inspired by the suggestion that opposites are interconnected and everything is duel, a Yin and a Yang where harmony and balance emerges and where the outcome can only be peace. Tindall, who is Resident Choreographer and Director of Digital for Northern Ballet, created POLARITY  for Cape Town City Ballet in 2019, and excitingly returns to stage this new, extended version.
 
Costume Design is by Kenneth Tindall and Lighting Design by Wilhelm Disbergen.

ROMEO AND JULIET will be presented at Artscape from 4 to 28 August.  
IKIGAI will be presented at Artscape from 17 to 28 August.
 
Bookings can be made at Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 or through Computicket.

 
Performance dates are:

ROMEO AND JULIET
5, 8, 10 and 13 August @ 19h30: (With International Guest Artist & CPO)
4, 9, 23 and 25 August  @ 19h30: (With CPO)
28 August @ 18h00: (With CPO)
6 and 20 August @ 15h00: (To recorded music)
14 August @ 18h00: (To recorded music)
6, 11, 12, 27 August @ 19h30: (To recorded music)
 
IKIGAI
17 August @19h30 and 28 August @14h00:  (With CPO)
25 August @15h00: (To recorded music)
18, 20, 24 and 26 August @ 19h30 (To recorded music)
27 August @ 15h00 (To recorded music)
 
TICKET PRICES ROMEO AND JULIET : FROM  R175 – R750.00

 *                Tickets cost from R350 to R750 for performances featuring International Guest Artist/s and accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
*                Tickets cost from R300 to R500 for performances featuring CTCB Artists accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
*                Tickets cost from R250 to R395 for evening performances to recorded music.
*                Tickets to matinee performances cost from R175 to R295.
 
TICKET PRICES IKIGAI: FROM  R175 – R475

*                Tickets cost from R175 to R475 for performances accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
*                Tickets cost from R175 to R350 for performances to recorded music.
 
*Pensioners tickets for specific performances can be purchased from Artscape Box Office only, at R30 discount per ticket.
*Block bookings (ten or more) – R30.00 discount per ticket through Artscape Box Office
 
Cape Town City Ballet is grateful for the support of all sponsors including the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government, Food Lovers Market, Erica Manning for the Cape Town City Ballet Endowment Trust, The Christian Ludolph Marais Trust and the Friends of Cape Town City Ballet.