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STARS OF THE ROYAL BALLET WILL FEATURE IN THE CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET - THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL BALLET’S RAYMONDA
Hikaru Kobayashi and Valeri Hristov, both Senior Soloists in the ROYAL BALLET, will dance the roles of Raymonda and Jean de Brienne at two performances, while Trevor Schoonraad, formerly of the ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET and now an international freelance artist, shares the role of Abderam with Xola Putye and Ivan Boonzaaier.
Dirk Weyershausen, of the NORWEGIAN NATIONAL BALLET, will partner Laura Bosenberg at three performances and the third pairing is Kim Vieira, formerly of the DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET, with Daniel Szybkowski, making this a truly international production.
The sultry role of Semiramis will be shared by our own Angela Hansford, Lauren Rogers and Kirstel Jensen, supported by an exciting cast of soloists and corps de ballet, portraying the story of Raymonda’s abduction by Abderam and her rescue from his harem by her betrothed, Jean de Brienne.
With sumptuous sets and costumes and danced to the glorious Glazunov score, played by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Allan Stephenson, this production will showcase the wealth of South African talent alongside the best in the world, leaving you in no doubt as to the standard achieved by the CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET in it’s 78-year existence!
Raymonda was incorporated into the CAPAB Ballet’s repertoire in 1977, with choreography by Alfred Rodrigues and designs by Peter Cazalet. On 10th August, 1980, David Poole and Norman Furber hosted a lecture demonstration at the Nico Malan Opera House in anticipation of Furber’s new production of the ballet, and on 2nd September, 1980, Furber’s re-choreographed version was added to the CAPAB repertoire. It was reproduced five times subsequently until 1996, which is the last time Cape Town audiences saw the ballet.
Fri 24th at 19h30 Laura Bosenberg, Dirk Weyershausen*, Trevor Schoonraad*, Angela Hansford
Sat 25th at 14h00 Kim Vieira, Daniel Szybkowski, Ivan Boonzaaier, Lauren Rogers
Sat 25th at 19h30 Hikaru Kabayashi*, Valeri Hristov*, Xola Putye, Angela Hansford
Sun 26th at 15h00 Laura Bosenberg, Dirk Weyershausen*, Trevor Schoonraad*, Kirstel Jensen