An ageless story adapted by the new choreography of Robin van Wyk.
While the story remains the same, Van Wyk re-introduces the character of Benvolio, friend of Romeo, as well as Romeo’s first love, Rosaline. He uses the Prokofiev score to enhance his choreography. His characters are portrayed by the stars of the CTCB, alongside Janet Lindup, who plays the part of Lady Capulet, and Nicolette Loxton as the Nurse.
Venue: Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Maynardville Park, Piers Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town
Cost: R140 – R160
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About the Choreographer
Born in Pietermaritzburg, Robin van Wyk received his tertiary ballet training at the University of Cape Town Ballet School before joining the NAPAC Dance Company in 1990. In 1991 he moved to PACT Ballet and in 1997, joined the Cape Town City Ballet, where he has recently retired as a Principal Dancer, but remains, since 2008, the Artistic Director.
His most recent success is the production and direction of The Italian Affair, a collaboration between several choreographers on a theme of Luigi Contini. Van Wyk has conducted 17 workshops around the country, inspiring hundreds of young children to enjoy their experience of ballet. Awards include the Cape Town FNB Vita Award for Most Promising Choreographer and the Nederburg, FNB Vita and Dalro Awards.
About the Dancers
Thomas Thorne: Thorne holds a BA Hons in Professional Dance and Performance from the Central School of Ballet in London. He performed for several international companies, including Ballet Ireland, the Disneyland Resort in Paris, Ballet Central and the Kirov Ballet before joining the Cape Town City Ballet in September, 2008. He is currently a Senior Principal Dancer for the company.
Laura Bosenberg: Currently a Senior Principal Dancer at Cape Town City Ballet, Bosenberg has danced a wide variety of roles, including Carmen and Giselle, with leads in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. She has won a number of awards as well, such as the Balletomanes Award for the Best Female Dancer in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Kim Vieira: Born in Johannesburg, Vieira studied at the National School of the Arts. She joined Cape Town City ballet in 2010 and has excelled in the roles of The Girl in Solitaire, Queen of the Willis in Giselle, Aegina in Spartacus and the title roles in Carmen, Raymonda, Camille and The Firebird. In April 2014 she was promoted to the rank of Senior Principal Dancer for the company.
About the Story
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays.
The ageless story resounds in Robin van Wyk’s new choreography, created especially for the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre. And while the plot remains the same, Van Wyk has chosen to present characters in a unique way.
About the Music
Van Wyk uses the incomparable Sergei Prokofiev score to enhance his choreography. Listen to a soundbite below.