Siphe November to perform with CTCB

Siphesihle November. Photo credit: National Ballet of Canada.

Siphesihle November. Photo credit: National Ballet of Canada.

Siphe November returns to South Africa to perform with Cape Town City Ballet for one night only.

Western Cape born, Siphe November, South African ballet dancer, who at 23 already has a soaring international career, returns to South Africa to perform in Cape Town City Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet for one performance only.

This will be the first time that November, Principal Artist of the National Ballet of Canada, has performed on a South African stage since he left South Africa aged 11.

South African audiences will have the rare opportunity to witness the breath-taking and enigmatic skill of this unique dancer, when he joins Cape Town City Ballet on stage at Artscape Opera House for the performance on Thursday 25 August at 19:30, accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Brandon Phillips.

November returns to play the role of Romeo in Cape Town City Ballet’s production of Veronica Paeper’s Romeo and Juliet with Cape Town City Ballet’s Chanté Daniels as his Juliet.

The performance by Siphesihle November has been made possible thanks to the generous investment of The Christian Ludolph Marais Trust.

“This is a milestone and pivotal moment in the landscape of South African ballet,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet. “We are honoured to welcome Siphe home to make his debut as Romeo, and partnering Cape Town City Ballet’s very own Chanté Daniels in her debut as Juliet in Veronica Paeper’s enchanting choreography. With our wonderful Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra accompanying the performance under the baton of conductor Brandon Phillips, this will be a unique and memorable evening celebrating outstanding South African artists.

“Siphe’s rare talent, combined with his unwavering dedication to pursuing excellence in his art-form, has seen the meteoric rise of his thus far, illustrious career. He is, quintessentially, a role model for young aspiring South African artists studying dance and classical ballet. We are delighted he is coming home to South Africa to share his gift with us, performing for the very first time ever on a South African stage, for one performance only.” says Turner.

When November made his debut as The Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Dance Magazine wrote: “With his debut as Bluebird in Rudolf Nureyev’s production of The Sleeping Beauty last spring, National Ballet of Canada corps member Siphesihle November quickly established himself as the rightful heir to one of the most challenging male parts in the classical repertoire.”

Siphesihle November was born in rural Zolani in the Western Cape, and serendipitously was accepted into Canada’s National Ballet School aged 11. He joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2017 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2021.

November recently made his NBC debut as Siegfried in Swan Lake with Maria Kochetkova as his Odette/Odile. He has danced roles such as Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Lewis Carroll/White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Puck in The Dream; and in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Giselle, The Winter’s Tale, Nijinsky, Anna Karenina, The Four Seasons, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Chroma, Emergence, Angels’ Atlas, Chaconne, Etudes, Being and Nothingness, Paz de la Jolla, Night, The Dreamers Ever Leave You and Orpheus Alive.

Earlier this year, he choreographed his first work for the National Ballet of Canada’s main stage, On Solid Ground.

In 2019, Siphesihle won The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize.

Siphesihle was featured in a documentary, Beyond Moving, which follows his journey from Zolani, South Africa, to Canada’s National Ballet School and The National Ballet of Canada.

Following her acclaimed recent productions of Carmen and A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge, Veronica Paeper returns to stage ROMEO AND JULIET for CTCB. Performed to Sergei Prokofiev’s dramatic score, William Shakespeare’s quintessential boy-meets-girl tale, follows the life course of the ill-fated, star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

Set in the beautiful Italian city of Verona, the ballet explores the tapestry of life, from the bud of youth, the blooming of adulthood, hidden forbidden love, a suffocating family feud, visceral hatred and inevitable tragic destiny.

The dream creative team is completed with Décor and Costume Design by Peter Cazalet and Lighting Design by Wilhelm Disbergen.

 Veronica Paeper’s ROMEO AND JULIET runs at Artscape from 4 to 28 August as part of Cape Town Coty Ballet’s Winter Season. The programme also includes an invigorating new triple bill IKIGAI, featuring ballets by three generations of award-winning choreographers: Jiří Kylián’s FALLING ANGELS, Sir Frederick Ashton’s LES PATINEURS and Kenneth Tindall’s POLARITY, in collaboration with the artists of CTCB. IKIGAI will be presented from 17 to 28 August.

ROMEO AND JULIET will be presented at Artscape from 4 to 28 August.

IKIGAI will be presented at Artscape from 17 to 28 August.

Bookings can be made at Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 or through Computicket.


*             Tickets cost from R350 to R750 for performances featuring International Guest Artist/s and accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

*             Tickets cost from R300 to R500 for performances featuring CTCB Artists accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

*             Tickets cost from R250 to R395 for evening performances to recorded music.

*             Tickets to matinee performances cost from R175 to R295.


*             Tickets cost from R175 to R475 for performances accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

*             Tickets cost from R175 to R350 for performances to recorded music.

*Pensioners tickets for specific performances can be purchased from Artscape Box Office only, at R30 discount per ticket.

*Block bookings (ten or more) – R30.00 discount per ticket through Artscape Box Office

Cape Town City Ballet is grateful for the support of all sponsors including the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government, Food Lovers Market, Erica Manning for the Cape Town City Ballet Endowment Trust, The Christian Ludolph Marais Trust and the Friends of Cape Town City Ballet.


Cape Town City Ballet

Established in 1934 as the University of Cape Town Ballet Company, Cape Town City Ballet has a strong heritage and roots. The organisation is moving into the next era of dance with the objectives of delighting anew its loyal supporters as well as inspiring new audiences to engage with and develop a love of ballet, striving to achieve this by delivering unique dance performances aligned with the global dance landscape with diversity and inclusivity at the forefront of creativity, integrity and the pursuit of excellence.

Since the Company’s inception, it has been renowned for providing opportunities for training and employment to all, despite the ruling laws of previous times. It remains committed to developing the dancers of the future. The CTCB’s various development and education programmes have reached more than 320 000 young people. Its audience development and training initiatives include the Young Male Dancer Development Programme, the Apprentice Programme and partnerships for training programme with various dance schools.

The Choreolab programme was introduced in 2019 as a platform to incubate, nurture and invest in aspiring South African choreographers from within the Company. The choreographer is supported in creating and staging a work, while developing their choreographic skills by also working with a mentor. Three dancers took part in the 2019 initiative. With the onset of Covid-19 and accompanying restrictions, the Choreolab programme was adapted for 2020. Nine dancers each created a dance piece for a short dance film in collaboration with Norval Foundation and inspired by and celebrating the work of William Kentridge from his Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture exhibition. The Choreolab will be an annual programme to further develop new South African creative talent, each year working with different choreographers as mentors on the programme.

During the 2020 lockdown, Cape Town Opera and kykNET in collaboration with Cape Town City Ballet, Camerata Tinta Barocca and Wyrd Films, presented Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. The work was choreographed by London-based South African Mthuthuzeli November, and premiered on kykNET in October 2020.

As part of their 2021 Autumn Season at Artscape, CTCB proudly presented the South African premiere of Mthuthuzeli November’s Olivier Award winning Ingoma, which was commissioned in 2019 by Cassa Pancho for Ballet Black and which premiered at the Barbican in London.

CTCB aims to serve the dance community as a whole and provides opportunities for teachers and young dancers in training from around the City to participate and gain experience in professional productions and attend various rehearsals. In 2019, students and young dancers took part in A Christmas Carol, Sleeping Beauty and Enemy Behind the Gates. In 2020 students had the opportunity to observe rehearsals of Maina Gielgud’s Swan Lake, before the sudden lockdown and subsequent cancellation of all seasons. In December 2021, after almost two years, the company was once again able to offer performance opportunities to young dancers for the restaging of the extremely popular and uplifting A Christmas Carol at the Artscape Theatre.

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Christine Skinner
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Cape Town City Ballet

Siphesihle November. Photo credit: National Ballet of Canada.
Siphesihle November. Photo credit: National Ballet of Canada.
Chante Daniels will dance the role of Juliet. Photo credit: Paul Seaby.
Chante Daniels will dance the role of Juliet. Photo credit: Paul Seaby.