The Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) will present ‘What a Wonderful World’ at Artscape in March 2011.
The Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA), renowned for superior training in dance, drama and voice over the past 25 years, will present ‘What a Wonderful World’ under the direction of Debbie Turner in collaboration with Jacqui Pells and Nathalie Vijver.
The show premieres at the Artscape Theatre from 4 to 13 March and showcases 175 talented young dancers from the ages of 5 – 25 years in a production that explores global cultures and events through ballet, modern, hip hop, tap, drama and song.
Choreographers include Turner herself, whose name has become synonymous with exceptional, polished productions such as the sell-out hit show Vanity Faire, all danced by well-trained and highly disciplined artists of all ages. Other choreographers in this season include Michelle Reid, Illana Margolis, Ananda Fuchs, Celeste Botha, Jacqui Pells, Paul Johnson, Janet Lindup and Sean Bovim. Several well-known theatre professionals such as Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander are involved in the staging of some of the items on the diverse programme.
Audiences can look forward to innovative numbers such as Paris Fashion Week, with the dancers costumed by House of Fashion in Long Street; Nicely Nautical that features the little ones; the delightful and colourful Chelsea Flower Show; Wimbledon, with the tiniest CAPA dancers as strawberries and cream; Diwali that celebrates the Indian festival of lights in true Bollywood style; Celebrating Oscar, a tongue-in-cheek look at the glam movie awards event, and the Debutantes Ball, complete with dancers in lavish white ball gowns depicting the once-popular High Society event. Nomfundo Xaluva, CAPA’s newly appointed voice coach who is a member of the popular jazz band Breakfast Included, will also perform a solo item onstage.
CAPA opened its doors in 1986 under Turner’s direction. Today it is an all-encompassing dance education facility in which young dancers are nurtured and developed in all dance disciplines. The academy is situated in Tokai, Cape Town, in a custom-designed building known as The Space, housing both CAPA and the Cape Dance Company (CDC). The 3 year tertiary education Diploma in Dance and Related Studies commenced in 2005 and in 2006 CAPA started the first home-schooling/privately tutored academic high school in the Cape, encompassing Grade 8-12, for vocational dance and theatre students. In addition to modern and contemporary dance, classical ballet and tap, CAPA now offers drama and voice training. All students are encouraged to become multi-skilled in their dance training in order to become marketable well-rounded professionals. With the ongoing development of the Drama and Musical Theatre Departments at CAPA, the organisation has taken the bold step of producing separate drama and Musical Theatre productions at the annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
‘What a Wonderful World’ runs at the Artscape from 4 to 13 March with both matinee and evening performances and tickets cost from R75 to R150 via Computicket and 021 421 7695,with special discounts available.