Cape Town City Ballet

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The Cape Town City Ballet Company, formerly known as the CAPAB Ballet Company, is based in Cape Town, South Africa.


The Cape Town City Ballet originated from the UCT Ballet Company, which was established by Dulcie Howes in 1934. Notably, it was involved in the founding of Maynardville Open-Air Theatre on 1 December 1950, with its opening performance of Les Sylphides.[1][2][3][4] It later took over management of that theatre's ballet performances, in 1963.[5] The company became the CAPAB (Cape Performing Arts Board) Ballet Company under the directorship of David Poole. The company benefitted from government spending on the arts and its 60-strong company staged lavish productions at the Artscape Theatre Centre previously known as the Nico Malan in Cape Town and toured to the 1820 Settlers National Monument Theatre in Grahamstown, the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg, and the Port Elizabeth Opera House. However, funding stopped in 1994 and in 1997 the company became a non-profit organisation with the name Cape Town City Ballet under the leadership of Elizabeth Triegaardt, who is both the executive director of the company and the director of the UCT School of Dance.

Notable members[edit]

Guest artists[edit]

These have included the following dancers:


Cape Town City Ballet mainly performs versions of traditional classics reworked by resident choreographer, Veronica Paeper.








  • The Nutcracker with guest artist Eduard Greyling
  • La Sylphide
  • Swan Lake to celebrate the company's 75th Birthday
  • Paquita
  • Giselle
  • Balletscapes - premiere of African Landscapes, and includes Paquita and excerpts from the popular works of Paeper, Poole, Prokovsky and others in the programme



  • Poetry in Motion 2 - the production of 2010 was supplemented by additional dance vignettes created by well-known choreographers, including Adele Bank, Robin van Wyk, Erica Brumage, Lindy Raizenberg and Veronica Paeper
  • Swan Lake
  • The Sleeping Beauty


Infecting the City 2012[edit]


  1. ^ "Arts Page, Official Opening of the Maynardville Ballet". Cape Times. 27 November 1950.
  2. ^ "Arranged for Athlone Nursery School". Cape Times. 1 December 1950.
  3. ^ Maynardville Theatre - History (City of Cape Town Website) Archived 8 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ History of Maynardville - Old Wynberg Village
  5. ^ Cape Times, Arts Supplement. 1950–2012. p.14 (var.)
  6. ^ "Camille". Cape Town, SA: 3 August 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  7. ^ Tucker, Percy (20 September 2010). "Cape Town City Ballet presents Carmen". Yeoville, SA: Retrieved 11 December 2010.

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