Cape Town City Ballet

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Ballet company based in Cape Town, South Africa. It originated from University of Cape Town Ballet Company, founded by Dulcie Howes in 1934 with students from the UCT Ballet School performing with guest professionals. In 1963 this became CAPAB Ballet, a dramatically enlarged company funded by the Cape Performing Arts Board, and directed between 1967 and 1990 by David Poole. Poole added many ballets of his own to the repertoire and for many years Phyllis Spira was its leading ballerina. Frank Staff was also resident choreographer until his death in 1971. A classically based company, it also had ballets by Cranko, de Valois, Ashton, Bournonville, and Jooss in its repertoire. Guest artists who danced with the company include Fonteyn and Fracci. In 1991 Veronica Paeper took over as artistic director, a prolific choreographer who made many original full-length works for the company and led it on several international tours. In 1997 CAPAB lost its state funding and changed its name to Cape Town City Ballet. Financial cutbacks required it to reduce dancer numbers to 24 and slim its repertory. In 2005 Paeper retired and was replaced by Keith Mackintosh as overall director. In 2008 the company's dancer and choreographer Robin van Wyk was promoted to artistic director alongside Mackintosh. The company continues to perform many works by Paeper, also new ballets by choreographers such as van Wyk and Sean Bovim.

http://www.capetowncityballet.org.za Website for Cape Town City Ballet

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