SPARTACUS IN AFRICA

We are all familiar with the US TV series, Spartacus, produced in New Zealand that ran from 2010-2013 with all the guts, gore and erotic spectacle of ancient Rome. The first season was titled Spartacus: Blood & Sand, with the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. The second and final seasons were titled Spartacus: Vengeance and Spartacus: War of the Damned respectively. The series was inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who from 73-71 BC led a major slave uprising against the indignities and cruelty of the Roman Empire departing from Capua, southern Italy.

The rendition by the Artscape Opera House takes the tale of the protagonist and sets it firmly in Africa. Spartacus in Africa will be performed by international guest artists like Brooklyn Mack from the Washington Ballet, but I am more interested in seeing South African dancer, Casey Swales, this Sunday 29th June at 3PM, accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

Casey Swales as Spartacus, photographed by Claire Gunn
Casey Swales as Spartacus, photographed by Claire Gunn

Casey Swales was born in Durban and has had a career both as a dancer and choreographer. He was a finalist in Dans Dans Dans the reality dance show on KykNet, and one of the founder members of Mzansi productions in 2008. He’s performed lead roles in Bovim Ballet’s, Romeo’s Kisses as well as performed in numerous other seasons nationally including Under Construction, Syzygy and Freedom, The Nutcracker and Bolero at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban.

Casey Swales as Spartacus, photographed by Claire Gunn
Casey Swales as Spartacus, photographed by Claire Gunn

The show features over a 100 dancers and runs to 12 July 2015 at the Artscape. Don’t let winter stop you from coming out and experiencing the cultural delights of this beautiful city.

For the love of all things beautiful, here is Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin photographed by Bryan Adams and styled by Lotta Aspenberg for the ZOO Magazine No.38, with grooming by Mark Daniel Bailey.
For the love of all things beautiful, here is Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin photographed by Bryan Adams and styled by Lotta Aspenberg for the ZOO Magazine No.38, with grooming by Mark Daniel Bailey.

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