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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Passion, obsession, jealousy - Cape Town City Ballet's Carmen has it all

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. Top that with dramatic flair from the principal dancers and live orchestral accompaniment and you've got a winner.

By Debbie Hathway 30 Mar 2015 12:16

The Coloured Chameleon - it's about community

Desiré Davids and the Eoan Group Theatre Company present The Coloured Chameleon from 3 to 5 December at the Joseph Stone Theatre in Athlone.

By Debbie Hathway 2 Dec 2014 09:42

Reaching for the stars

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

Extra performance for Thumbelina

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

Pleasing audience support for inaugural Cape Town Fringe Festival

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

Cape Town City Ballet's Spring & Fall exceeds expectations

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

Cape Town City Ballet Spring & Fall preparations reach fever pitch

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

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

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