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Debbie Hathway

Freelance writer (lifestyle and performing arts), managing editor, copy editor
Location:South Africa


Debbie Hathway is a specialist dance writer and critic for the Cape Times and Bizcommunity's BizLounge. She's a former writer, columnist and critic for the Weekend Argus, Cape Argus and Daily News Tonight.
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Oh, what a night!

Cape Town's dance fraternity turned out in force to support Dance Garage's Rust Coloured Skirt fundraiser at the Artscape Theatre on 20 July.

By Debbie Hathway 23 Jul 2014 13:48

Cape Town City Ballet entertains with Ballet Beautiful

One of the fascinating and most important aspects in a dance production is the casting. Unexpected partnerships can shine a light on a dancer who may have been overlooked previously, while new choreographic commissions create opportunities for company members to strut their stuff artistically and theatrically.

By Debbie Hathway 22 Jul 2014 11:50

Master classes and new work from Jazzart

Dancers in and around Cape Town with spare time this week should grab the opportunity to work with some top contemporary dance teachers offering free workshops at Jazzart Dance Theatre's studio at the Artscape Theatre Centre.

By Debbie Hathway 16 Jul 2014 09:00

Geneva Ballet stuns Cape Town audiences

National Arts Festival artistic director Ismail Mahomed's invitation to the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Geneva Ballet) to perform in Grahamstown in early July this year brought the company to Cape Town afterwards and has put the wheels in motion for a tour to Bloemfontein, Durban and Johannesburg in 2015.

By Debbie Hathway 14 Jul 2014 10:56

Geneva Ballet to perform in Cape Town after National Arts Festival

An unexpected invitation from Ismail Mahomed, artistic director of the National Arts Festival, to Philippe Cohen for the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Geneva Ballet) to perform in Grahamstown this year has set a range of events in motion.

By Debbie Hathway 1 Jul 2014 10:18

Serendipitous collaboration

Cape Town City Ballet presents Ballet Beautiful at the Artscape Theatre from 4 July, 2014. Debbie Hathway chats to Yarisha Singh about her new commission.

By Debbie Hathway 27 Jun 2014 11:32

Romantic debut for Swan Lake

Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) opens its Swan Lake season on Saturday with Laura Bösenberg in the dual roles of Odette/Odile and Thomas Thorne as Prince Siegfried.

By Debbie Hathway 1 Apr 2014 11:21

Carolyn Holden honoured with the Order of Isabella the Catholic

A small group of family, friends and colleagues recently gathered in Cape Town to witness the award of the Order of Isabella the Catholic to Carolyn Holden, the former artistic director of La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre who passed away suddenly on 4 April, 2013.

By Debbie Hathway 6 Mar 2014 10:31

Bravos all round for the SAIBC

The fourth South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC), supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), is over, leaving participants well pleased with the outcomes.

By Debbie Hathway 25 Feb 2014 11:07

Salsa experts fly in for first international salsa festival in Cape Town

Scores of salsa dancers, DJs and instructors are flying in to Cape Town from around the world to attend the first Mzansi Cape Town Salsa Festival.

By Debbie Hathway 28 Oct 2013 14:25

Dutch dance company continues South African tour in Cape Town

Introdans artistic director Roel Voorintholt promised entertainment value for the company's new season launched in Durban last week, and they delivered. As for technical excellence, precision and performance quality - that's a given.

By Debbie Hathway 12 Sep 2013 10:48

Reflections and reviews

"Be strong." Those were the words that echoed around the media office at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Even to the uninitiated it was clear that great physical and mental reserves would be required to do justice to the plethora of artistic endeavours on the programme, but many succumbed to the bitter cold and accompanying seasonal flu virus.

By Debbie Hathway 23 Jul 2013 11:55

Registration open for UCT Dance Conference this week

Dance, Religion and Spirituality is the theme of the UCT School of Dance's seventh international dance conference entitled Confluences, which runs on campus from 11-13 July 2013.

By Debbie Hathway 9 Jul 2013 10:33

Sweet deal for Jersey Boys' triple threat

Part of the joy in doing something you are passionate about is the people you meet along the way. Some interviews feel like conversations with friends when you share common ground. Duane Alexander is one of those.

By Debbie Hathway 26 Jun 2013 10:25

Tickets in demand for Stars of the Ballet Moscow

The promise of performances by Russian ballet companies on South African stages has long been a box office attraction, much to the chagrin of local dance groups who struggle to fill houses at lower ticket prices.

By Debbie Hathway 18 Jun 2013 09:27

Fundraiser for aspirant world pole-dancing champions

After three months as a pole dancing student, you'll know enough to be able to perform a few basic moves competently in front of an audience. If you want to make it on the world pole sport stage, it'll take years of training, practice, discipline and commitment to be a worthy competitor.

By Debbie Hathway 14 Jun 2013 11:42

Gone too soon, Carolyn Holden

"Stunned". "Bereft". "Perspective". These are some of the reactions to the tragic news of Carolyn Holden's untimely demise that most stand out for me.

By Debbie Hathway 15 Apr 2013 11:33

Well it's one for the money, two for the show!

Luxury as a word is now overused, but it's one that holds synergy with Bovim Ballet productions in terms of style, presentation and profitability.

By Debbie Hathway 27 Mar 2013 12:13

Launching careers 25 years on

What I've learned about choreographic dance platforms is to expect the unexpected, where mastery may be juxtaposed with absurdity, artistry with self-indulgence, technical excellence with raw potential. There will always be pieces; artists and choreographers as unforgettable as there are those that are forgettable and Dance Umbrella's special 25-year anniversary season programme was no exception.

By Debbie Hathway 4 Mar 2013 10:21

Destination ... Lerato delights opening-night audience

The fifth intake of Jazzart Dance Theatre trainees gave their first performance in Destination ... Lerato at the Artscape Theatre last weekend.

By Debbie Hathway 11 Feb 2013 09:58

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