I have avoided reviewing The Architecture of Tears since it premiered at the Cape Town Fringe 2014.
By Debbie Hathway 16 Apr 2015 11:17
There's a formula for box-office success that dance companies count on: exemplary performance technique, visual spectacle provided by lighting, costumes and sets, and a compelling musical score.
By Debbie Hathway 30 Mar 2015 12:16
Audiences have come to expect only the best from the Cape Dance Company (CDC), the Tokai-based inspiration behind world-class performances in the neoclassical genre by dancers who can hold their own on international stages. They seldom disappoint and their 20th-anniversary season of Blue, now on at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, is no exception.
By Debbie Hathway 1 Dec 2014 10:35
It's heart-warming to see extra shows being scheduled due to popular demand, especially when it's a South African ballet premier. Robin van Wyk's Thumbelina, a Cape Town City Ballet Youth Project that features among the company's 80th birthday celebrations this year, has been an instant hit since it opened on 24 October.
By Debbie Hathway 29 Oct 2014 10:30
Audiences at the first 11-day Cape Town Fringe Festival exceeded expectations with 18,569 people attending 486 performances across 92 productions.
By Debbie Hathway 13 Oct 2014 10:54
Vocal reactions to Cape Town City Ballet's Spring & Fall triple bill, featuring three of Hamburg Ballet director John Neumeier's esteemed works, ranged from speechless to effusive.
By Debbie Hathway 2 Oct 2014 10:07
Hamburg Ballet stars Alexander (Sascha) Riabko and Silvia Azzoni have arrived in the Mother City for final rehearsals ahead of Cape Town City Ballet's presentation of Spring & Fall.
By Debbie Hathway 23 Sep 2014 14:49
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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