Thursday, January 29, 2009 Cape Town City Ballet to dance in the Caribbean

[Cape Town City Ballet]

“South Africa's Premier ballet company has been invited to dance in Martinique. Professor Elizabeth Triegaardt, Executive Director of the Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) is pleased to announce that the company has been invited to participate in an exciting cultural collaboration arranged by the Paris-based Foundation Sphere, on the French island of Martinique in the Caribbean. The invitation was initiated by Keith Mackintosh, Artistic Co-ordinator for CTCB, through the Monte Carlo based producer Patricia Panton. It will involve some of CTCB's dancers performing in the Scott Joplin opera called Treemonisha. Performances take place in the Atrium in Fort de France, the capital of Martinique, in early March.

“Triegaardt is delighted that this invitation comes in the company’s 75th anniversary year, as it continues the tradition of the company performing on the international stage. In recent years the CTCB has performed in China and Ireland and individual guest dancers have been invited to perform with companies and festivals in America, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe. The group, headed by Mackintosh, will include six dancers namely Celeste George, Noluyanda Mqulwana, Wendy – Lee Michaels, Manie Irving, Xola Putye and Warren May, together with Artistic Director Robin van Wyk who will oversee the choreographic aspect. The group leaves for Martinique, via Paris, directly after their three performances of La Sylphide at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg in February.” [Full Post]

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