Monthly Archives: May 2015

Joburg Ballet débuts at the Roodepoort Theatre

Joburg Ballet has announced that the ballet company’s first visit to the Roodepoort Theatre will take place on Friday 10 July at 8pm and Saturday 11 July at 3pm and 8pm.  For the occasion, Joburg Ballet has put together a showcase blending the best in classical ballet, spiced with three uniquely South African works.

Joburg Ballet’s leading dancers, including prima ballerina Burnise Silvius, will be seen in such favourites as the dazzling Don Quixote Pas de Deux (a foretaste of the full-length production coming to the Joburg Theatre in August), the Satanella Pas de Deux, Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux, showpieces from Swan Lake and La Sylphide, and the enchanting Viennese Waltz by artistic director Iain MacDonald, set to On The Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss.

Three items celebrating South Africa include Chopin with music by Frederic Chopin and choreography … Read More »

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South Africa’s Joburg Ballet and China’s Liaoning Ballet sign Memorandum of Understanding

The South African ballet company, Joburg Ballet, and the Liaoning Ballet of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the end of the season of Swan Lake that showcased the two companies in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein in April and May.

Supported by South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture and China’s Ministry of Culture, the partnership between the two ballet companies aims to establish long-term co-operation on co-productions, exchanges of casts and the sharing of expertise in ballet training.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on 9 May in Bloemfontein was attended by Mr. Iain MacDonald (Artistic Director, Joburg Ballet), Ms Qu Zijao (Director, Liaoning Ballet), Mr. Dirk Badenhorst (CEO, Joburg Ballet), Mr. John Mogashoa (Director of International Relations, SA Department of Arts and Culture), Ms Xu Hong Ying (Deputy Minister of Culture in Liaoning Province, China) and Mr. Zheng Wen … Read More »

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Photo-finish marks end of Joburg Ballet’s Swan Lake season in Johannesburg

Photographers Lauge Sorensen and Bill Zurich receive the 2015 Giselle Award

Photographers and videographers Lauge Sorensen and Bill Zurich were the joint recipients of Joburg Ballet’s Giselle Award following the last Johannesburg performance of Swan Lake on Sunday.

Presented onstage by CEO Dirk Badenhorst and artistic director Iain MacDonald, the award was made in recognition of the major contribution Mr. Sorensen and Mr. Zurich have made to recording and preserving on film the many facets of the work of Joburg Ballet, from performances to training and outreach programmes.

Commenting on his award, Lauge Sorensen said: “It was such a pleasant surprise and a great honour to receive the Giselle Award. The year I have been working with Joburg Ballet has been an amazing journey with so many exciting tasks, working in a close partnership with the wonderful team of people at the ballet.”

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