Norval Foundation: Kentridge & Ballet

Cape Town City Ballet dancer Mandla Mokoena. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/CTCB

Cape Town City Ballet and Norval Foundation have created a short dance film to honour the work of internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge.

The film is an imaginative marrying of ballet and sculpture, inspired by and set against a stage of Kentridge’s Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture exhibition at Norval Foundation.

The exhibition was the first to internationally showcase Kentridge’s output as a sculptor and features both new and historical artworks. The artworks include sculptures, props from his operas and images from his animations.

Dancers from Cape Town City Ballet’s Choreolab programme each selected artwork from the exhibition and created a short dance piece around it for inclusion in the film. The score was composed by Cape Town-based Peter Johnson, who drew inspiration from the sculptures and the dancers’ movements as ‘live sculptures’.

Cape Town City Ballet’s Choreolab programme was introduced in 2019 as a platform to incubate, nurture and invest in aspiring South African choreographers from within the Company. The choreographer is supported in creating and staging work while developing their choreographic skills by also working with a mentor. Dancers taking part on this year’s programme are Tamlyn Higgins, Mbulelo Jonas, Kristin Wilson, Kholekile Biyongo, Conrad Nusser, Gabriella Ghiaroni, Gabrielle Fairhead, Mia Labuschagne and Nicolas Laubscher.

Norval Foundation’s popular Skotnes Restaurant also recently re-opened with access to their Sculpture Garden.

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