Press release: Cape Town City Ballet’s Autumn Season postponed

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Cape Town City Ballet’s Autumn Season has been postponed, to be rescheduled at a date to be announced in due course.

The Company’s productions of the new triple bill Forget me not and Veronica Paeper’s Carmen were scheduled to start on 9 and 17 May respectively. 


The postponement comes following the address by president Ramaphosa on Sunday 15 March, declaring a national state of disaster with regards to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The restrictions put in place include prohibiting public gatherings of more than 100 persons. As the resident ballet company we stand by the Artscape Theatre Centre’s decision to close the theatre for April and May months and will work closely with the management in navigating through this challenging time for all.

“The health and well-being of our audiences, dancers and staff remain our number one responsibility,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet. “We join members of our industry in being saddened and concerned at the current situation, but are unwaveringly committed to doing all we can to keep everyone safe, reduce the risk of new infections and ‘flatten the curve’.

“We also remain steadfast in our resolve to support members of our industry however we can during this time, and we request that, if you have already purchased a ticket to one of the productions, that you select to continue supporting the arts by donating your ticket instead of asking for a refund.”

  • Any tickets purchased to date will be refunded by Computicket subject to their terms and conditions.  
  • For more information you may contact the Artscape Box Office on 021 421-7839 or the Computicket Call Centre which will also be able to assist with more information on the cancellation/refund or exchange process.  
  • You may contact the call centre on 0861 915 8000 or 011 340 8000, Monday to Saturday, between 08:00 and 20:00. 

About Cape Town City Ballet

Cape Town City Ballet is one of the longest standing ballet companies in the world. With strong heritage and roots, the organisation is moving into the next era with the objectives of delighting anew its loyal supporters as well as inspiring new audiences to love ballet, all to be achieved by delivering unique dance entertainment through integrity, creativity and excellence.

Since the company’s inception, it has been renowned for providing opportunities for training and employment to all, despite the ruling laws of previous times. It remains committed to developing the dancers of the future, and the CTCB’s various development and education programmes have reached more than 320 000 young people. Its audience development and training initiatives include the Young Male Dancer Development Programme, the Apprentice Programme and partnerships for training programme with various dance schools.

The 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 a work, while developing their choreographic skills by also working with a mentor. Three dancers took part in the 2019 initiative with a further six scheduled for 2020, culminating in the presentation of their work at an event later this year. This will be an annual programme to further develop new South African creative talent, each year working with different choreographers as mentors on the programme.

CTCB aims to serve the dance community as a whole, and provides opportunities for teachers and young dancers in training from around the City to participate and gain experience in professional productions and attend various rehearsals. Last year saw students and young dancers take part in A Christmas Carol, Sleeping Beauty and Enemy Behind the Gates. In 2020 students have had the opportunity to observe rehearsals of Maina Gielgud’s Swan Lake, which will be staged in August.

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