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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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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

Lacklustre celebration of familial flamenco heritage

At the southern tip of Africa, we are privileged to be exposed to some of the best artistic performances from around the globe. Spoilt for choice, maybe. Demanding, definitely. The more we get, the more we want. So when Juana Vargas, artistic director of Cape Town's Flamenco Del Sur, announces a collaborative performance with the long-established Linda Vargas Flamenco Company from Durban, it attracts high expectations from the local dance community.

By Debbie Hathway 13 Dec 2012 11:56

A many splendoured thing

The Cape Dance Company's recent season premiere of Grace at the Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, attracted an interesting mix of dance aficionados, established fans and media as well as those uninitiated to the world of contemporary and neo-classical dance. Their responses to the programme varied accordingly, but they certainly agreed on one thing: that they were in the presence of greatness.

By Debbie Hathway 10 Dec 2012 10:06

Catch "De-Lovely" Cole Porter classics at Artscape

Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) ticks a lot of boxes with its upcoming production of Night & Day. Set to open at Artscape Theatre on October 26, it delights dance fans with entertaining choreography by Robin Van Wyk, Mervyn Williams, Kirsten Isenberg, Paul Johnson and Nigel Lucas.

By Debbie Hathway 25 Oct 2012 07:12

Last two days of Baxter Dance Festival

The eighth annual Baxter Dance Festival at the Baxter Theatre ends on Saturday and there are two more programmes to see. This platform for established and emerging dancers and choreographers this year comprised 50 pieces of varying dance styles performed by about 300 dancers.

By Debbie Hathway 12 Oct 2012 09:28

Dance for dogs

What began as a Cape Town dance fundraiser for a mass-sterilisation project for township animals in May this year has quickly caught on nationally as Dancers Love Dogs hosts its Durban event tonight, Wednesday, 12 September, and prepares for a Joburg show in October.

By Debbie Hathway 12 Sep 2012 13:56

Intimate Peña Flamenca

La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre returns to Muizenberg's Masque Theatre with Peña Flamenca, a new work that honours the authenticity of flamenco and its historic origins. The idea for the show was influenced by the context of artistic director Carolyn Holden's Master's dissertation, which centres on cultural transmission. It's a fly-on-the-wall experience of how a peña might look and feel at origin (a sought-after experience for those looking for a taste of authentic flamenco in Spain).

By Debbie Hathway 29 Aug 2012 10:38