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USA dancer joins the Cape Dance Company for its 15th anniversary season at Artscape

November 21, 2010

Sean Aaron Carmon, 22, is in Cape Town to perform with the Cape Dance Company in their 15th anniversary season that opens at Artscape on Wednesday 24th November, running until 4 December 2010.

Carmon is a proud recent graduate of the Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance program in New York City. Originally from Beaumont, Texas, Sean grew up under the tutelage of Miss Bonnie Cokinos, with invaluable guidance from Lucia Booth and Eva LeBlanc. In New York, Sean was an apprentice for Ailey II and has worked and performed with Keigwin+Company, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre, and Elisa Monte Dance. He also performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the New York City Centre theatre in 2007.  He has appeared on stages throughout the US, in France, Luxembourg, and most recently in Italy as a guest artist for the International Dance Association in Ravenna. He is currently working with choreographer and teacher Christopher L. Huggins, touring both nationally and internationally. Most recently, he assisted Mr. Huggins in setting Anointed, a world premiere ballet on the AAADT. Sean is also currently performing in the 2010 Tony-award winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway, starring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge. He was a part of the original performing cast and is an invaluable member of the company. He was a featured dancer on the American Theatre Wing’s 2010 television broadcast of the Antoinette Perry Awards (Tony Awards), in addition to LIVE! With Regis and Kelly and Good Morning America!

Carmon will perform a solo choreographed for him by Christopher Huggins, and joins the CDC cast in Huggins’ award-winning ballet Enemy Behind the Gates as well, a contemporary classical ballet described as an exciting, confrontational work created in a militaristic style, with provocative, haunting images and striking costumes. Huggins’ training includes the Juilliard School in Manhattan and the State University of New York at Purchase,  and he was a fellowship student at The Ailey School before becoming a member of the  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Since then he has  enjoyed an illustrious career as a freelance artist working in America and around the  world.  At the opening night gala on 24 November,  Kayoko Amemiya, a Japanese dancer who is also the assistant to Christopher Huggins and who has taught Enemy Behind the Gates to the CDC, will also dance a solo piece. Other new works that will be showcased this season include Michelle Reid’s Us Travellers and Waiting For The Rain by Alfred  Hinkel,  formerly the Artistic Director and Founder of Jazzart Dance Theatre.  Hinkel’s work is set to traditional music and based on an Afrikaans poem by Dawn Langdown. Also in this season is Allesverloren, by the Brazilian /  American choreographer Carlos Dos Santos and extracts from the 1999 cult classic On The Wings Of Sue, by French  choreographer Redha and re-staged for the CDC by Esther Nasser.   CDC dancers performing in this  season include Tracey Aaron, James Bradley,  Sarah-Lee Chapman, Mila De Biaggi, Alice Godfrey, Carmen Lotz, Cara-May Marcus, Ipeleng Merafe, Henk Opperman, Natalie Walsh and Craig Arnolds.

The Cape Dance Company was founded in 1995 by Debbie Turner and is based in Westlake,  Cape Town.  Turner is the Artistic Director of both the CDC and the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) and her name has become  synonymous with exceptional, polished productions danced by  well-trained and highly disciplined artists, many of whom are CAPA graduates. The CDC performs a repertoire of neo-classical and neo-contemporary works with technical aplomb,  athleticism and grace.  The company performs regularly in local theatres and has travelled extensively overseas, presenting seasons at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City and at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

The Cape Dance Company season opens with a gala performance on 24th November and runs nightly till 4th December at 8:15pm . Tickets cost from R95 to R120 and R150 for the gala performance that includes a cocktail party after the show. All booking is via Computicket with special offers and discounts available via Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 0214217695.

This season has been made possible with support from BASA (Business and Arts South  Africa), Fruit and Veg City and the Lorenzo & Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust.

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