Veronica Paeper

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Veronica Paeper (1944-). Dancer and choreographer.

Biography and career

Trained at the University of Cape Town School of Ballet, and danced for all the provincial Performing Arts Companies between 1960 and 1973, including a few years with PACOFS. Having choregographed her first original work (John) in 1972, followed by Theatre of Silence for The Space in 197*, she became resident choreographer for CAPAB in 1974, later becoming Artistic Director of the company (1991). Frank Staff was her partner for many years and he choreographed some of the the first (and still some of the most enthralling) South African ballet's – Mantis Moon (19**), The Rain Queen (19**) and Raka (19**, based on N.P. van Wyk Louw's dramatic poem) while with PACOFS. Paeper danced in the originals, and later restaged them with her own company.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

She has been choreographer on numerous other South African works. Including A Midsummer Night's Dream, a ballet version of Romeo and Juliet, the dance production Theatre of Silence, A Christmas Carol and The King and I.

Awards, etc.

She was awarded the Molteno Medal in 2005 for her lifetime achievement in perfoming arts.


Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Theatre Lives [1].

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