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Veronica Paeper

Author: Webmaster/03 March 2015/Categories: South African Dance Personalities

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Veronica was born in Port Shepstone, Natal. She received her ballet training with Dulcie Howes at the UCT Ballet School where she also studied with David Poole, Pamela Chrimes and Frank Staff whom she married in 1966, and whom she drew great inspiration from in her later work as choreographer.

During her performing career Veronica rose to become principal dancer with three companies, CAPAB, PACT and PACOFS.

She began choreographing in 1972. Her first work, created for CAPAB Ballet was, John the Baptist.

A prolific choreographer, Veronica has created more than 40 ballets amongst them 16 full length works including, Camille, Carmen, Cleopatra, Hamlet, Orpheus in the Underworld, Romeo and Juliet and Spartacus.

 1974
Appointed resident choreographer for CAPAB Ballet
 1987 Appointed Assistant director of CAPAB Ballet
 1991 Appointed Director of CAPAB Ballet
 2009 Became a trustee of The South African National Dance Trust
 2014 Artistic Director of SANDT for A Spartacus of Africa

 

Awards:

1980
Nederburg award for ballet
1992 Nederburg award for ballet
2009 Western Cape Cultural award for contribution to the Arts

 

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