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Cape Dance Company (CDC) presents its 15th anniversary season


2010-11-01

Artscape Theatre
24 November- 4 December, 2010
Directed by Debbie Turner
Dancers from the Cape Dance Company & international guest artists

The outstanding  Cape Dance Company (CDC) celebrates its 15th year with a diverse anniversary  season at the Artscape Theatre from 24th November to 4th December 2010.

This season will premier several new works, beginning with the award-winning Enemy Behind The Gates by the choreographer, dancer and teacher Christopher Huggins from the USA.  A  contemporary classical ballet that was first performed in 2001 by Philadanco! in Philadelphia, this is an exciting, confrontational work created in a militaristic style, with provocative, haunting images and striking costumes. Huggins’ training includes the Juilliard School in Manhatten and the State University of New York at Purchase,  and he was a fellowship student at The Ailey School before becoming a member of the  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Since then he has  enjoyed an illustrious career as a freelance artist working in America and around the  world.

Sean Carmon, 22, joins the CDC as a guest artist this season, dancing a solo especially created for him by Huggins, set to I Put A Spell On You by Nina Simone. Carmon, also from the USA, recently graduated from the Ailey School’s Bachelor of Fine Arts programme, is a freelance artist with various dance companies and is currently performing On Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles.  CDC dancers performing in this  season include Tracey Aaron, James Bradley,  Sarah-Lee Chapman, Mila De Biaggi, Alice Godfrey, Carmen Lotz, Cara-May Marcus, Ipeleng Merafe, Henk Opperman & Natalie Walsh.  Kayoko Amemiya, Christopher Huggins’ assistant, will perform a piece at the opening night gala on 24th November, further adding to the prestige of the event.

Other new works that will be showcased include Michelle Reid’s Us Travellers and Waiting For The Rain by Alfred  Hinkel,  formerly the Artistic Director and Founder of Jazzart Dance Theatre.  Hinkel’s work is set to traditional music and based on an Afrikaans poem by Dawn Langdown. Also in this season is Allesverloren, by the Brazilian /  American choreographer Carlos Dos Santos and extracts from the 1999 cult classic On The Wings Of Sue, by French  choreographer Redha and re-staged for the CDC by Esther Nasser.  

The Cape Dance Company was founded in 1995 by Debbie Turner and is based in Westlake,  Cape Town.  Turner is the Artistic Director of both the CDC and the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) and her name has become  synonymous with exceptional, polished productions danced by  well-trained and highly disciplined artists, many of whom are CAPA graduates. The CDC performs a repertoire of neo-classical and neo-contemporary works with technical aplomb,  athleticism and grace.  The company performs regularly in local theatres and has travelled extensively overseas, presenting seasons at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City and at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.  

An additional production in this celebratory season is Crazy little Thing, a musical theatre piece performed by the students of the Cape Academy of  Performing Arts (CAPA), the feeder school to the CDC. This thought-provoking work explores the joys, hardships, exhilaration, and rejection of teen romance. It has been  devised and directed by Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander, particularly well known for their lead roles in Rent, Beauty and the  Beast and many other top productions.

The Cape Dance Company season opens with a gala performance on 24th November and runs nightly till 4th December at 8:15pm . Tickets cost from R95 to R120 and R150 for the gala performance that includes a cocktail party after the show. All booking is via Computicket and special discounts are available with info via Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 0214217695.

This season has been made possible with support from BASA (Business and Arts South  Africa), Fruit and Veg City and the Lorenzo & Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust.