Night & Day celebrates Cole Porter in outdoor ballet

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Cape Town City Ballet
Cape Town City Ballet

Cape Town City Ballet’s very popular annual outdoor-ballet season opens in Maynardville Park on Sunday 24 Jan with the hit production, Night & Day.

Lovers of dance can once again get their picnic baskets ready to enjoy the leafy park surrounds with sundowners and snacks before watching the ballet on the breathtaking stage of the open-air theatre.

This year’s ballet, Night & Day, is danced to the fabulous music of Cole Porter and takes the audience on a romantic journey of the famous songwriter’s extraordinary life and times. The brainchild of choreographer and Artistic Director of Cape Town City Ballet, Robin van Wyk, the ballet found its inspiration in the award-winning film, De-Lovely.

Says Van Wyk, ‘The ballet is simply spectacular, champagne-popping entertainment, absolutely perfect for enjoying a relaxing Sunday evening out in one of Cape Town’s most beautiful outdoor settings! Night & Day is truly one of the sparkling jewels in Cape Town City Ballet’s repertoire and definitely caters for just about all tastes in dance’.

To achieve this, Van Wyk invited top choreographer colleagues, Kirsten Isenberg, Mervyn Williams, Nigel Lucas and Paul Johnson to add their creative magic to the mix. The result is an extravagant celebration of classical and neo-classical ballet, a generous sprinkling of jazz and tap dance and even a hint of sexy Latin and ballroom.

This season’s production also features a guest appearance on Sunday 24 January by former prima ballerina Tracy Li and her longtime dance partner, Daniel Rajna, as well as live instrumental solos performed at all performances by up-and-coming young jazz musician, Jessie Williams on clarinet.

With show-stopping numbers like Let’s Do It, I’ve got you under my skin, Let’s misbehave, Love for sale, In the still of the Night and Begin the Beguine, Night & Day is a not-to-be-missed dance experience.

Performances at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in Wynberg, Cape Town, only take place on Sunday evenings and start at 20h15. Tickets range from R130 – R150 and are available at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a Seat on 021 421 7695.

Performance Dates:
Sunday 24 January at 20h15
Sunday 31 January at 20h15
Sunday 7 February at 20h15
Sunday 14 February at 20h15
Sunday 21 February at 20h15

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