Announcement: 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- February 2022
|Cape Town City Ballet’s production of Veronica Paeper’s Cinderella|
When: February 4 to 19, 2023
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and guest artists: Selected performances
Bookings: Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 or Computicket https://tickets.computicket.com/event/cinderella/4438168
Tickets: R 175-R750
Age advisory: No under 5s
Thrilling ballet news for 2023: Cape Town City Ballet’s production of Veronica Paeper’s Cinderella and the exciting announcement that two illustrious international guest stars will be performing,accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), at selected performances. Vadim Muntagirov, (principal of The Royal Ballet) and Tatiana Melnik (principal of the Hungarian National Ballet), last performed with CTCB, in 2019, in Sleeping Beauty, so it is great to have them back in the Mother City. Note- there is recorded music at some performances. The guest artists, accompanied by the CPO will be on for three of the performances in the season. Info as supplied:
INTERNATIONAL GUEST ARTISTS VADIM MUNTAGIROV AND TATIANA MELNIK 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).
They will perform on Saturday February 11, Tuesday February 14 and Friday February 17 with all performances starting at 19h30.
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.
CINDERELLA runs from February 4 to 19, 2023 at Artscape in the Opera House. Bookings can be made at Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 or through Computicket
The CPO will also accompany the dancers of Cape Town City Ballet at a number of other performances.
“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,” says Turner.
Mervyn 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 their Education, Skills Training and Enterprise Development programmes. He regularly performs as a Guest Artist with the Company, most recently in Romeo and Juliet. Marcel 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 is the classic folk fairytale of the sweet-tempered Cinderella, a young woman with a heart of gold who is left in the care of her two ungainly, forgetful and generally disagreeable step-sisters, Violet and Daffodil, contributing to Cinderella’s woes.
Relegated to the role of a kitchen maid in her own home, she scrubs and cleans all day dressed in rags. The Prince who lives in the castle across town, decides to hold a magnificent ball in search of the perfect bride, and sends invitations out far and wide. Cinderella is unable to attend the ball…. she has nothing to wear anyway!
Then magic happens…. Enter a Fairy Godmother and her miracle wand, Cinderella goes to the ball in a beautiful ballgown and a fantastical carriage. The twist in the story is that she must promise to return home by midnight when the carriage will turn back into a pumpkin. Dancing the night away in a whirl of glamour with the prince, the clock starts to strike midnight, and Cinderella flees home inadvertently leaving one of her crystal slippers behind.
The lost slipper is found and a nationwide search ensues for the golden girl to whom the slipper belongs. A gloriously happy ending emerges in which Cinderella and her Prince live happily ever after!
CINDERELLA will be presented at Artscape in the Opera House from February 4 to 19, 2023.
Bookings can be made at Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 or through Computicket
Performances with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and International Guest Artists:
Saturday February 11, 2023 at 19h30
Tuesday February 14, 2023 at 19H30
Friday February 17, 2023 at 19h30
Performances with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra only:
Saturday February 4, 2023 at 15h00
Saturday February 4, 2023 at 19h30
Wednesday February 8, at 19h30
Sunday February 19, 2023 at 18h00
Performances to recorded music
Thursday February 9, 2023 @ 19h30
Friday February 19, 2023 @ 19h30
Saturday February 11, 2023 @ 15h00
Wednesday February 15, 2023 @ 19h30
Thursday February 16, 2023 @ 19h30
Saturday February 18, 2023 @ 15h00
Saturday February 18, 2023 @ 19h30
TICKET PRICES FOR CINDERELLA – from R 175 to R750
· Tickets cost from R350 to R750 for performances with CTPO and Guest Artists
· Tickets cost from R200 – R495 for performances with CTPO
· Tickets cost from R175 to R350 for evening performances to recorded music
· Tickets cost from R175 to R300 for matinee performances to recorded music
*Pensioners tickets can be purchased from Artscape Box Office only at R30 discount per ticket.
*Block bookings (ten or more) can be purchased from Artscape Box Office only at R30 discount per ticket.
The production is suitable for 5 years and over. 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.
|Vadim Muntagirov |
Vadim Muntagirov trained at Perm Ballet School before moving to The Royal Ballet Upper School. He joined the Company from English National Ballet as a Principal in March 2014. His numerous roles with The Royal Ballet have included Basilio (Don Quixote), Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Aminta (Sylvia), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker). Mr Muntagirov’s many awards include the 2013 and 2018 Benois de la danse and the 2021 Dance Europe Outstanding Dancer Award. As a guest artist he has danced with companies including Paris Opera Ballet, Mariinsky and American Ballet Theatre, in repertory including Solor (La Bayadère), Armand (Marguerite and Armand) and at National Ballet of Japan, Bavarian State Ballet, Mikhailovsky and Cape Town City Ballet.
Tatiana Melnik is a Principal Ballerina of the Hungarian State Opera having been a member of the company since 2015. Her education and training took place at the Academy of Choreography, Perm, Russia. She was a prize winner at both the Arabesque International Ballet Competition in 2012 and the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2013. Prior to her engagement with the Hungarian National Ballet, she was a member of the Russian State Ballet and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre as a soloist. During her career she has danced all the major roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake; Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty; Giselle in Giselle;Nikiyain La Bayadère; Manon in Manon; Kitri in Don Quixote, and many others. She has danced the works of some of the world’s most significant choreographers including Van Dantzig, Eagling, Ashton, MacMillan, Cranko, Van Manen and Forsythe.
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✳ Sponsored content. Image- Vadim Muntagirov and Tatiana Melnik in Cape Town City Ballet’s 2019 production of Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Pat Bromilow Downing. Muntagirov and Melnik are returning to perform with CTCB in Cinderella, February 2023.