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Cape Town City Ballet with Dutch choreographer Rudi van Dantzig
Arts, 8 Sep 2006 - Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in Pretoria, South Africa


Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) is delighted to announce the arrival of Rudi van Dantzig in Cape Town, to re-stage his ballet Vier Letzte Lieder.
 
Choreographed by Amsterdam-born Rudi van Dantzig - the ballet Vier letzte Lieder is considered one of the most important ballets from the Netherlands, from the golden era of the Seventies.
Mr. van Dantzig was artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet for twenty years and under his direction the company developed into one of the foremost dance companies in Europe.
Vier letzte Lieder is performed by major ballet companies all over the world. It remains therefore important for CTCB to maintain an international profile by performing works such as this. It is for the dancers of CTCB as well as for audiences attending ballet in South Africa a wonderful opportunity to experience such a seminal work by one of the world's greatest choreographers.

More about Mr van Dantzig :
Rudi van Dantzig was made Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 1991. His first novel Voor een verloren soldaat was awarded the Geertjan Lubberhuizen Prize and has since been translated into German and English and he has also completed a book about his collaboration and friendship with Rudolf Nureyev entitled The path of a Comet. In addition to previously working with the CTCB he has also worked with many other companies including, Ballet Rambert, the Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Apart from his own choreographies for the classics, including Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, his numerous ballets include his first ballet Night Island in 1965 for The Netherlands Ballet, Epitaph, Monument for a Dead Boy, Underneath my Feet and Painted Birds.
He created four ballets especially for Rudolf Nureyev, namely The Ropes of Time for the Royal Ballet, Blown in a Gentle Wind and About a Dark House for the Dutch National Ballet and Ulysses for the Vienna State Opera Ballet. Most of his ballets were created in close collaboration with Toer van Schayk as his designer and he also frequently collaborated with Dutch composers such as Jan Boerma, Peter Schat, Sytze Smit and Boudewijn Tarenskeen.
Financial support and encouragement - from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
 
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This ballet will be presented as part of an international program of works to be performed by CTCB in their spring season at Artscape Opera in Cape Town, 7-14 October 2006



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Sites for this article:
Cape Town City Ballet
http://www.capetowncityballet.org.za/

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
http://www.dutchembassy.co.za/

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