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New York ballet stars to dance in Cape Town

BY 29.10.18

Principal dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre will be dancing at the Artscape Opera House from 15 to 18 November 2018.

Principal Dancers from America's largest ballet companies, the New York City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, will be dancing in a short season from 15 to 18 November 2018 at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town.

Ashley Bouder and Joaquin de Luz will perform Balanchine's magnificent ‘Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux’. They will also perform pas de deux from ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Nutcracker’, and ‘Don Quixote’.

Daniel Ulbricht (NYCB) will perform the pas de deux from ‘Flames of Paris’ with Betsy McBride of American Ballet Theatre (ABT).

Kevin Durwael, a dynamic choreographer who is the Director of the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, has choreographed a pas de deux, ‘Affection’ to a Chopin Nocturne in memory of Mignon Furman.

An exciting neo-classical piece ‘Joy’ also choreographed by Durwael will be performed by a group of dancers from ABT.

Dancers from Joburg Ballet will be performing a neo-classical ballet. This is the first time that Joburg Ballet will be seen in Cape Town.

The Gala Evening is Saturday 17 November. Gilbert Mayer, who was an ‘etoile’ at the Paris Opera Ballet, and who has coached many famous dancers, including Nureyev and Baryshnikov, will make a tribute to Mignon Furman.

Mignon Furman, a superb choreographer, teacher and educationalist, was the Director of the UCT Ballet School, and founder of the American Academy of Ballet, one of the largest and most prestigious Summer Schools in New York. She also choreographed the Performance Awards, a programme which is taught in the USA and in other countries.

Determined to continue her vision for ballet, Simon Kaplan, Furman's husband and Laurence Kaplan, her son, founded the Mignon Furman Ballet which invited the guest dancers to Cape Town.

Performances are in the Artscape Opera House on Thursday November 15, Friday 16, and Saturday 17 at 19:30. Matinees are on Saturday 17 at 14:00, and Sunday 18 at 15:00.

Tickets range from R250 to R550. There is a 10% discount for pensioners, students and block bookings of 10 -100 tickets and a 15% discount for 100 or more.

Book at Computicket Shoprite and Checkers outlets, Artscape-Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695, online http://www.artscape.co.za/event/new-york-ballet-stars or https://online.computicket.com/web/event/new_york_ballet_stars/1253330980 and https://bit.ly/2peustd or Call Computicket 086 915 8000.


About Mignon Furman

With only her talents, courage, and determination to give definition to her vision for ballet education, Mignon Furman founded the American Academy of Ballet. It soon became the premier Summer School in America.

Margot Fonteyn, with whom she was friendly, gave her invaluable advice, during several detailed discussions about the technical and artistic aspects of the classical ballet. Mignon had the good fortune to benefit from the wisdom, and unique experience of a world-famous ballerina.

Mignon also composed Performance Awards, which are taught all over America, and are an international phenomenon, praised by teachers in other countries. The success of the Performance Awards is due to her choreography: She was a superb choreographer. Her many compositions have logic, harmony, content, and intrinsic, beauty. Mignon also composed seven instructional videos for the teaching of classical ballet.

Before coming to New York, Mignon was the Director of the University of Cape Town Ballet School, with special responsibility for teacher-training. She formulated the program for the 80 trainee teachers, and 400 students at the Ballet School. She was nominated for the Distinguished Teacher Award from amongst the entire university’s academic staff of professors, and lecturers.


Joburg Ballet 

Joburg Ballet is a full-time, professional ballet company, resident at Joburg Theatre. Its repertoire includes full-length productions of major classical works, as well as shorter ballets and original work created for the company by South African and international choreographers. The company presents three major seasons a year at Joburg Theatre and tours locally and internationally. It provides a high standard of training for students via Joburg Ballet School and Academy, plus a programme of community-based development and outreach work via its Satellite Schools, with emphasis on historically disadvantaged communities. Joburg Ballet is dedicated to the growth and revitalisation of classical ballet in South Africa and to the development of new work and diverse audiences. The company’s CEO is Esther Nasser and the Artistic Director is Iain MacDonald.
Visit : www.joburgballet.com


New York City Ballet : https://www.nycballet.com/

American Ballet Theatre - ABT : https://www.abt.org/


PROGRAMME INCLUDES -

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Choreography by George Balanchine
Ashley Bouder & Joaquin de Luz
Principal Dancers - New York City Ballet

Nutcracker Pas de Deux, Sleeping Beauty or
Don Quixote - Ashley Bouder & Joaquin de Luz
Principal Dancers - New York City Ballet

Flames of Paris Pas de Deux
Betsy McBride - American Ballet Theatre and
Daniel Ulbricht - Principal Dancer - New York City Ballet

Affection - Chopin Nocturne
Betsy McBride & Marshall Whiteley - American Ballet Theatre

Tango
Daniel Ulbricht - Principal Dancer - New City Ballet

Neo-Classical Ballets choreographed by Kevin Durvael
Joy - Dancers from American Ballet Theatre

Transcendence - Dancers from Joburg Ballet

Carmen - Neoclassical / Contemporary
Dancers from Joburg Ballet

Programme is subject to change.

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