The final performance of Cape Town City Ballet stage partners, Tracy Li and Daniel Rajna will be in 'Camille' at Artscape Opera House from 4 to 12 August 2007.
Veronica Paeper's ballet 'Camille' tells the romantic and poignant story of a courtesan who sacrifices love for the honour of her lover's family. It is based on The Lady of the Camellias, which focuses on the doomed affair of Marguerite (renamed Camille in this ballet) and Armand.
Armand's father appeals to Camille to give up Armand for the sake of his family's honour. She agrees and the story unfolds of a woman denied love who then dies as much from consumption as from a broken heart.
Keith Mackintosh will perform the role of Monsiur Germond, Armand's father, which was created on him by Veronica Paeper following his retirement as principal dancer in 1990. He has performed the role in every season since and this year celebrates his 40th anniversary with the company, which he first joined in 1967.
This season of 'Camille' will mark the final performance of Cape Town City Ballet stage partners Tracy Li and Daniel Rajna. With their special blend of magic and strong classical technique, these two dancers jeted spectacularly into the hearts of audiences of all ages over a decade ago.
The company and their fans will bid them a fond farewell. 'Camille' is danced to Cape Town composer Allan Stephenson's arrangement of Verdi's music for La Traviata. Ticket prices R50 to R120. Book through Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.
Born in Hong Kong 1972, Tracy was trained at The Christine Liao School of Ballet. In 1985 she received a scholarship from The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club to study at The Australian Ballet School. The following year aged 16 she joined The Hong Kong Ballet where she danced roles including Prelude, Peasant pdd, principal lady in Macmillan?s Concerto, 2nd movement and the black couple in Val's Connotations.
In 1992 she left for Durban, South Africa to join Napac Dance Company where she debuted with Juliet and Swanhilda. She won The Best Professional Ballet Dancer award in The Sanlam International Ballet Competition held in Pretoria 1993. Soon after that she joined Cape Town City Ballet where she is currently a senior principal.
Tracy is a recipient of The Nederberg Award 1997 and was voted Best Female Dancer by The Balletomanes Society in 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. She has danced the leading roles in Giselle, Don Quixote,The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Camille and Swan Lake.
Born in 1968 Daniel was trained at UCT Ballet School in Cape Town. He joined the former CAPAB Ballet in 1990. In 1997 he left to join PACT Ballet in Pretoria for two years before returning to Cape Town City Ballet where he is currently a principal.
His lead roles include Albrecht, Siegfried, Basilio, James, Romeo, Nutcracker Prince, Franz and Puck. He has also performed in a variety of other dance styles ranging from Neo classical through to Contemporary and Jazz Daniel received a Vita award in 1999 and is a three times recipient of the Balletomanes best male dancer award 1996,2000 and 2002. He has appeared as guest artist both nationally and internationally over the past five years.