Cape Town City Ballet back on stage

Cape Town City Ballet will perform George Balanchine’s Serenade.

Cape Town City Ballet returns to the Artscape Opera House for four performances from Thursday March 18 to Saturday March 20.

The programme features two works – George Balanchine’s Serenade and Moon Behind the Clouds, a suite of works made during the time of Covid-19 by South African choreographers including Veronica Paeper, Kirsten Isenberg, Yaseen Manuel, Lindy Raizenberg and Marlin Zoutman.

The performances of Serenade have been made possible by the Toby Fine Ballet Fund, formed in memory of the South African ballerina, Toby Fine by David Bloomberg and the Bloomberg family.

George Balanchine’s Serenade is staged by Rebecca Metzger (via Zoom) for The George Balanchine Foundation and performed to music by Tchaikovsky.

Laced together through the text of Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata, Moon Behind the Clouds will be narrated by Marcel Meyer.

“Following one of the most challenging years for the arts industry and ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are proud to return to the Artscape stage, as we herald the start of a milestone year with Artscape’s 50th birthday,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet.

“We celebrate the power of live performance by staging these shows in honour of the life of David Bloomberg. He was a tireless philanthropist and supporter of the arts, who enabled so much for live performance through his vision and ongoing investment,” says Turner.

“With this run we also pay tribute to the memory of Percy Tucker, a long-standing board member, friend and unwavering supporter of Cape Town City Ballet. The kindness and wisdom of this gentle giant of the performing arts industry is sorely missed. We salute his life at the start of this 50th year of Artscape, which fittingly coincides with the 50th anniversary of Computicket, the first electronic theatre booking system in the world which Percy established in 1971.”

There will be four performances from Thursday March 18 to Saturday March 20, at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm.

Tickets cost R300 each for the evening performances and R250 each for the matinee.

Due to social distancing requirements, only 100 seats will be available for each performance.

Bookings can be made at Artscape Dial-a-seat 021 421 7695 or through Computicket.