International guest artists for Cape Town City Ballet’s Cinderella
INTERNATIONAL guest artists Vadim Muntagirov, Principal of The Royal Ballet, and Tatiana Melnik, Principal of the Hungarian National Ballet, will perform in Cape Town City Ballet’s spectacular production of Veronica Paeper’s Cinderella for three performances only, accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). The CPO will accompany the dancers of Cape Town City Ballet at a number of other performances.
They will perform on Saturday 11 February, Tuesday 14 February and Friday 17 February, with all performances beginning at 7.30pm. The pair last danced together on the Artscape stage in 2019 for Cape Town City Ballet’s production of Denise Schultze Godfrey’s Sleeping Beauty.
“We welcome back our esteemed international guests to perform the roles of Cinderella and Prince Charming in this classic magical tale alongside the talented dancers of Cape Town City Ballet,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet. “What better way to start 2023 than with an enchanting story where good always prevails over evil.
“We are also delighted to announce our acclaimed South African guest artists Mervyn Williams and Marcel Meyer as the Ugly Step Sisters. Audiences are in for a treat as they gleefully love and loathe these two charming characters.”
Williams has been making magic for an incredible 36 years at CTCB, both on and off the stage, first as a dancer and now as Head of Wardrobe as well as managing its Education, Skills Training and Enterprise Development programmes. He regularly performs as a guest artist with the company, most recently in Romeo and Juliet. Meyer is a seasoned, multiple award-winning performer who has previously joined CTCB on stage in productions such as A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge and The Nutcracker.
The tour-de-force creative team unites for the production, with choreography by Veronica Paeper, costume and décor design by Peter Cazalet and lighting design by Wilhelm Disbergen. Cinderella is performed to music by Sergei Prokoviev, with libretto by the Brothers Grimm 1812.
Cinderella runs from 4 to 19 February 2023 at Artscape in the Opera House. Bookings can be made at Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 or through Computicket, with prices from from R 175 to R750. Pensioners tickets can be purchased from Artscape Box Office only at R30 discount per ticket. Block bookings (10 or more) can be purchased from Artscape Box Office only at R30 discount per ticket. Please note that no children under 5 years old will be permitted to enter the auditorium.
Casting is subject to change in unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of Cape Town City Ballet. Cape Town City Ballet is grateful for the support of all sponsors including the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government, The Christian Ludolph Marais Trust, Food Lovers Market, Erica Manning for the Cape Town City Ballet Endowment Trust and the Friends of Cape Town City Ballet.
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