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Sapho is a grand ballet in three acts by C.E. Boniface (1787 – 1853).

The original text

Announced as "gemengd met Zamenspraken, Zang en Dans" ("mixed with dialogue, song and dance"), the text was originally written in French by Boniface.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch by P.C. Schonegevel.

South African performances

1815: First performed in Dutch by Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense in the African Theatre, Cape Town on Saturday 1 July, 1815, with music composed by Mr Lemming, dances choreographed by Mr Petersen. It was the first ballet performed in South Africa.

1815: Repeated by Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense on 4 July

1815: Repeated once more by Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense on 29 July, with De Verhinderde Dansparty, of Het Orchest Onder den Tafel (Barré and Ourry, tr Van Ray)


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp.124, 138-9, 145-7, 171.

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