Leaping forward: Cape Town City Ballet dancer, AndrÃ© Sauer, who has been promoted to Senior Artist.
Having made a remarkable recovery from a serious knee injury last year, Cape Town City Ballet dancer AndrÃ© Sauer is looking forward to the extra responsibility that comes with his promotion to Senior Artist.
The 24-year old former UCT School of Dance student joined Cape Town City Ballet in 2000 and has been busy working his way up through the ranks of the dance company ever since. Another promotion, from Senior Artist to Soloist, at the end of this year looks inevitable.
"I'm thrilled with my new position and I love the thought of the extra responsibility," said Sauer.
As Senior Artist, Sauer gets to dance the Pas de trois role in the company's upcoming performance of Swan Lake, to be staged at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival at the end of June and at Artscape from August 6 - 16.
"The Pas de trois is a very technical and hard dancing role, which involves one male and two female dancers," Sauer explained. "We train eight hours a day, six days a week, rehearsing our scenes until they reach performance quality."
For Sauer, the highlight of his career was being cast as Gurn in La Sylphide. "This production was staged at Maynardville at the beginning of the year and was a fantastic role. I thoroughly enjoyed it," he concluded.