Press: International guest artist for Cape Town City Ballet's return season of Mozart and Salieri

Maxime Quiroga will join the cast of the Mozart and Salieri when it returns by popular demand to the Artscape Opera House stage on 24 August for a limited season. Quiroga joins a stellar Cape Town City Ballet cast lead by Martin Milner as Mozart, Daniel Szybkowski and Ivan Boonzaier as Salieri and ballerinas Laura Bosenberg and Mariette Opperman as Constanze.


Quiroga began learning ballet in Paris with Professor Sergey Soloviev and afterwards at the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart with Piotr Antonovitch Pestov. A prizewinner at several top international ballet competitions such as Helsinki, he went on to join companies such as Stuttgart Ballet, Wiener Staatsballett, Ballet Nice Méditerranée,  Royal Ballet of Flanders and Cape Town City Ballet, performing numerous principal and soloist roles in productions such as Don Quixote, Giselle and Swan Lake . He is also an accomplished teacher and choreographer. 


Choreographer Marc Goldberg, whose previous work includes The Vortex, spent three years bringing this vision to the stage and the result is a unique modern ballet, one that has captured the attention of dance lovers and new audiences that have praised Mozart and Salieri as a breath of fresh air.   

After a hugely successful première season in February this year, Mozart and Salieri returns to the Artscape Opera House by popular demand from 24 August to 1 September 2018. The sumptuous adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's short story, choreographed by Marc Goldberg, will once again be presented by Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB), for only six performances. The two act production drips in glamour, intrigue and innovation with ground-breaking digitized set design, exquisite costuming and powerful dancing, all set to Mozart’s celebrated compositions.


Mozart and Salieri, made famous by Sir Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, follows Mozart’s rumoured rivalry between himself and the court composer Antonio Salieri, and his tumultuous relationship with wife Constanze. The ballet is charged with emotion, and previous reviews celebrated it as a thrilling, cutting edge spectacle, rarely seen on the South African  stage and one that should not be missed. 


Lighting design is by Denis Hutchinson, costumes by Jenny Stretch, Henriette Lamprecht and Kathryn Maclachlan, wigs by Barry du Bruin, and animation and projection by Pieter Steyn.


Mozart and Salieri runs 24 August to 1 September with performances at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and tickets costing from R120 to R280 through Computicket and 0214217695.


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