Monthly Archives: June 2015

Joburg Ballet partners with Gauteng Opera for 2015 Spring Season

As part of Joburg Ballet’s Spring Season at the Joburg Theatre from 28 August to 13 September 2015, which also includes Don Quixote and Celebration 7, Gauteng Opera will be presenting their Double Bill: Opera Classics and I Am An African, on 29 August and 10 September. This initiative is another example of Joburg Ballet’s desire to collaborate with other arts enterprises and to provide the greatest possible variety for its audiences.

These shows will be a celebration of the operatic voice through a selection of some of much-loved arias and ensembles, performed by Gauteng Opera soloists and guest artists.

The audience will also be treated to a guest appearance by Joburg Ballet, with the second half of the evening commemorating Africa and its heritage in a segment that takes its inspiration from former President Thabo Mbeki’s famous “I am an African” … Read More »

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Joburg Ballet’s Dirk Badenhorst and Iain MacDonald to visit Far East, USA and UK

July will see Joburg Ballet’s CEO, Dirk Badenhorst, and artistic director, Iain MacDonald, on opposite sides of the world fulfilling teaching obligations and judging at international ballet competitions.

Artistic director Iain MacDonald has accepted an invitation to again teach at the annual Summer School of the American Academy of Ballet in New York where he has been on the teaching faculty for several years.

Founded by the late Mignon Furman, the distinguished SA-born ballet teacher, the Summer School attracts an impressive roster of teachers from the USA and abroad as well as young dancers from America as well as from ballet schools outside the USA.

Mr MacDonald will also visit London to meet with choreographers.

Joburg Ballet CEO Dirk Badenhorst returns as a judge for the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition in China. Mr Badenhorst, who first served on the jury at this … Read More »

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Ballerinas: Lorena Feijoo and Kitty Phetla

Lorena Feijoo is a principle dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. Lorena was born into the world of ballet in her native Havana. Her mother was a dancer with Cuba’s National Ballet and she remembers being ….

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