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July 08, 2010

Cape Town International Ballet Competition coming to Artscape Opera House

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The Cape Town International Ballet Competition will start at the Artscape Opera House next week. From July 13 until July 17, ballet fans can get their fix.

According to a press release issued by Diva Events: “The competition this year has drawn top ballet talent from South Africa and as far afield as Cuba, the USA, the Republic of Korea, England, Italy, Canada and Australia. The entrants range in age from 15 to 28 years and the cash prizes across the junior and senior sections total R375 000, one of the biggest purses in a competition of this nature. Major sponsors contributing to the prize money include the Michel Tesson Performing Arts Trust (Guernsey), the Chiappini Trust and the City of Cape Town.

“The junior competitors, 14 ladies and 5 gents aged between 15 and 18 years are Alice Godfrey, Mlindi Kulashe, Mila De Biaggi, Sarah-Lee Chapman, Daniela Trocado, Ashley Scott, Kayla Bosman, Ruby Burton, Shana Dewey and Cindy Okkers from South Africa; Nathan Chaney from the USA; Min Ju Kang and Jeon Yeo Jin from the Republic of Korea; Raffaele Zarrella from Italy; Monica Gomez Bolanos, Moises Leon Noriega, Victor Manuel Estevez Acosta and Gabriela Lugo Moreno from Cuba, and Alys Shee from Canada. The prize money in this section is R80 000 (gold), R40 000 (silver), R20 000 (bronze) and R30 000 for the winner in the contemporary section.

“In the senior section there are seven ladies and six gents competing, between 19 and 28 years of age. They are Andile Ndlovu, Michaela Griffin, Thoriso Magongwa and Leagan Peffer from SA; Pil Sung Han, Hyo-Seon Park, Soo Min Kim, Sei Hee Hong, Nuri Oh and Che Kal Miji from the Republic of Korea;  Aaron Smyth from Australia, Guy Wheatstone from England and Oscar Alejandro Valdez Carmenates from Cuba. Seniors win R100 000 (gold), R50 000 (silver), R25 000 (bronze) and R30 000 goes to the winner in the contemporary section.

“Contestants may appear as couples or soloists, performing pas de deux or solo variations from popular ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty, and all contemporary solos must be original works, choreographed after the year 2000.”

Tickets for the elimination rounds on July 13, 14 and 15 cost R40.

The finals take place on Friday, July 16 at 19h30 and the grand gala performance is on Saturday, July 17 at 19h30, when the winners will be announced. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night range from R65 to R350.

Book via Computicket or phone +27 (0)21 421 7695.

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