Cape Town City Ballet opens 2018 with a bang, presenting a ground-breaking adaptation of Alexander Puskin’s short story, Mozart and Salieri.
Marc Goldberg, choreographer of the acclaimed work, The Vortex, has combined a classical story with a 21st century design to bring a sweeping and cinematic experience to modern ballet as it’s never been seen before. Digitalizing his sets yet retaining the silhouettes of the 17th century, this world premiere promises to be a lot more than just beautiful dancing. The story follows the rumoured rivalry of Mozart and court composer Antonio Salieri. We witness dark undercurrents of jealousy and sabotage from Salieri, who’s pious demeanour is challenged greatly on meeting Mozart. But the ballet is not just a story of political intrigue and envy. We follow the love story of Mozart and Constanze, their meeting, marriage and subsequent children, beautifully depicted within the palace gardens.
Another exciting facet to Goldberg’s adaptation is his exploration of what it might have been like to create such a prolific body of work by 35, as Mozart famously did. Sweeping scenes depicting Mozart within his own creative process add a layer to the story not previously explored.
Exquisitely crafted costumes by three different designers and projected animation of the Schonbrunn Palace and other beautiful locations, frame the ballet company in this two-act ballet, performed to many jewels of Mozart’s extensive repertoire.
With lighting design by Denis Hutchinson and animation by Pieter Steyn, this new production boasts sumptuous visuals and sweeping dancing and pas de deux’s that ballet audiences have come to expect but If you have ever felt that perhaps ballet wasn’t your thing, Mozart and Salieri will ask you to rethink what you know about ballet in South Africa.