Monthly Archives: July 2015

Classical Don Quixote opens

Following Joburg Ballet’s spectacular Swan Lake in April and May, the ballet company’s Spring Season opens at the Joburg Theatre on Friday 28 August with the sparkling ballet classic, Don Quixote.  A further eight performances of Don Quixote follow, with the season ending on Sunday 13 September.  Also scheduled for the Spring Season is Celebration 7, a showcase of classical and new ballets, and Gauteng Opera’s Double Bill.

Set in bustling Barcelona, Don Quixote tells the story of vivacious Kitri and her love for Basilio, a poor young barber.  But Kitri’s father has more ambitious marriage plans for his daughter, with the comedy unfolding in a cascade of dazzling classical ballet culminating in the famous Don Quixote Pas de Deux and a happy-ever-after ending as all dance into the Spanish sunset.

Don Quixote is being taught to the dancers of Joburg Ballet … Read More »

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Open Day for SPRING SEASON

New Sunday slot for Open Day: Sunday 16 August

Joburg Ballet’s popular Open Days at the company’s studios at the Joburg Theatre continue on Sunday 16 August from 10am to 1pm when you’ll have the opportunity to see what goes into the creative process as the company prepares the Spring Season. Watch the dancers in class and rehearsals and chat to them over tea, cakes and cookies.

To make the Open Day accessible to Joburg Ballet supporters unable to attend on Saturdays, this time the event takes places on a Sunday. All others details, such as times and parking arrangements, remain the same.

With winter nearly behind us, Joburg Ballet is gearing up to present a bumper Spring Season at the Joburg Theatre from 28 August to 13 September.  No fewer than three programmes – Celebration 7, Don Quixote and Gauteng Opera’s Double … Read More »

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New ballets for Joburg Ballet’s Spring Season

With winter nearly behind us, Joburg Ballet is gearing up to present a bumper Spring Season at the Joburg Theatre from 28 August to 13 September.  No fewer than three programmes – Celebration 7, Don Quixote and Gauteng Opera’s Double Bill spread over 15 performances, embrace a wide range of audience tastes, from classical ballet to contemporary dance and, in a first for the company, opera.

It’s new work all the way in the season’s four performances of Celebration 7, a six-part programme blending the purest of classical ballet with dance that taps into the modern world and contemporary lifestyles.

Classical ballet at its best will be on view in Joburg Ballet’s premieres of Paquita and La Vivandière.  Drawn from the great 19th century classical repertoire, these two short, plotless ballets provide the perfect settings to show off the technical excellence of … Read More »

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New ticket prices for Joburg Ballet

Bringing ballet closer to more people, Joburg Ballet has announced that all tickets for the company’s performances of Celebration 7 at the Joburg Theatre in September are priced at R100 each. This marks a substantial reduction to the standard ticket prices and makes it possible for more South Africans to enjoy world class ballet.

Celebration 7 is an intoxicating blend of the very best in classical ballet and contemporary dance and features brilliant new additions to the repertoire including the classical showpieces Paquita and La Vivandière. In more contemporary style will be the new works Last Supper (choreography by Kelsey Middleton), Cross Dress (choreography by Adele Blank) and Twitter (choreography by Juan Carlos Osma).

At just R100 for all tickets throughout the theatre, Joburg Ballet also hopes to attract larger family groups to the ballet. And to make theatre going more of … Read More »

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Joburg Ballet celebrates with Johannesburg communities

On Mandela Day, 18 July, members of Joburg Ballet will be visiting Soweto and Orange Farm to teach, perform and work with members of those communities as part of the company’s 2015 “67 Minutes For Mandela” initiative.

One group will be based at Uncle Tom’s Community Centre, corner Khumalo and Maseko Streets in Orlando West, from 10h30 on the 18th, and the other will present a programme at the Old Multi-Purpose Hall, 1217 Link Road, in Orange Farm Extension 1.

The Soweto programme will include the dancers teaching a class and performances of Joburg Ballet choreographer’s Fearless, set to the music of Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn’s Finding Wonderland; Too Much Love Will Kill You, danced by senior soloist Kitty Phetla; and the Don Quixote Coda, danced by Juan Carlos Osma and Claudia Monja.

In Orange Farm, Thabang Mabaso will perform the Gauteng solo … Read More »

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Ballet stars come to Roodepoort for Joburg Ballet Highlights Gala

An impressive line-up of SA’s leading ballet stars come to Roodepoort Theatre on 10 and 11 July when Joburg Ballet brings its ballet highlights gala to the theatre for three performances.

Leading the company is prima ballerina Burnise Silvius who performs the dazzling Don Quixote Pas de Deux partnered by SA International Ballet Competition gold medal winner Ramiro Samón from Cuba. Sharing the roles with Miss Silvius and Mr Samón during the season are principal dancers Shannon Glover and Michael Revie.

Other classical ballet pas de deux include The Flames of Paris with Shana Dewey and Ramiro Samón, Satanella with Dayana Acuna and Javier Monier and Diana and Acteon with Miss Acuna and Mr Monier alternating with Miss Silvius and Mr Samón. Other classical items include highlights from Swan Lake, La Sylphide and La Bayadère.

The ballet highlights gala has something for everyone, … Read More »

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