Cape Town City Ballet opened its very popular annual outdoor-ballet season in the Maynardville Park on 24 January 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.
Performances at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in Wynberg will only take place on Sunday evenings at 20h15 until 21 February.