Inspiring tale portrayed in dance


The  Christian Dance Academy (CDA) will host be hosting a dance production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, based on the CS Lewis novel, of the same name, over the weekend.

The show, directed and choreographed by East London local Kati Ansell, will kick off start today at the Guild Theatre and will will run until Saturday. It is directed and choreographed by East London local, Kati Ansell.

Ansell said the production combined classical, contemporary and modern dance to take the audience through the doors into the wonderful and unusual land of Narnia.

The story follows the four Pevensie children as they work together to fight the wicked witch who has cast a spell upon Narnia to bring about eternal winter.

The production will also feature Andrea Payne, a former dancer from the American-based Ballet Magnificat.

“Payne joined CDA staff this year as a result of contact through their previous tours to South Africa and East London hosted by CDA.

“With fantastic backdrops, gorgeous costumes and delightful dance, the show promises to entertain and move you,” indicated Ansell said.

Payne said it was is a privilege and a delight to be part of CDA.

“How exciting it has been to see all the details come together through the dedicated work of the staff, parents and students of CDA,” she said.

“We are excited to share this story with audiences and hope they will be inspired by it.” said Payne.

Ansell said CDA first staged a popular version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in 2006, which had two current dancers from Cape Town City Ballet, Caitlin Smith and Jessica Desmond, in the cast.

“This year’s show has had some refinements on the 2006 version and promises to be fresh and powerful,” said Ansell said.

Past CDA productions include Cinderella in 2016 and Fly! Eagle, Fly! in 2014.

CDA has built up a reputation for producing quality performances and loyal audience members will not be disappointed.

On Thursday, tickets cost prices will be R100 for pupils and R120 for adults.
On Friday and Saturday, tickets are the prices are become R80 for pupils and R100 for adults. The first show starts at 3pm on today.


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