World premiere of Snow White – The Ballet at Joburg Theatre on 13 October
Joburg Ballet welcomes summer with a sparkling new classical ballet when the world première of Snow White – The Ballet takes centre stage at Joburg Theatre on Friday 13 October. The opening night will be followed by a run of nine further performances through to Sunday 22 October.
Inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairytale of a girl whose beauty drives an evil queen to vengeful acts, artistic director Iain MacDonald has choreographed a lyrical new full-length work for the entire Joburg Ballet company, with music by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The sets are by South African designer Andrew Botha, renowned for his ability to bring enchanting new worlds to life on stage.
With Snow White – The Ballet, MacDonald is again turning for inspiration to a famous fairytale as he did with the company’s production of Cinderella, a critical and box office hit in 2016.
Talking about his new production, MacDonald said: “Snow White is a perfect fairytale to be adapted into a classical ballet, a story with romance, comedy and drama in equal measure and wonderful opportunities to showcase our dancers in both classical and character roles.
“I’m delighted to be using the richly melodic and evocative music of Shostakovich and to have discovered just how perfectly suited his work is for ballet. It’s also a pleasure to be working with Andrew Botha, a stage designer with such an impressive gift for transporting audiences to a captivating and magical world.”
The season of Snow White – The Ballet will also mark the first appearances with Joburg Ballet of four newly appointed Brazilian dancers – Ana Cristina Cruz, Bruno Rafael Miranda, Armando Barros and Leusson Muniz – who successfully auditioned for the company during a recent visit to South America by MacDonald and CEO Esther Nasser. Joburg Ballet has also welcomed Revil Yon from Cape Town City Ballet, who joined the company just before the highly successful season of Big City, Big Dreams.
You have the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes into the creative process for Snow White – The Ballet during one of the company’s highly popular Open Days on Sunday 1 October from 10:00 to 13:00 at Joburg Ballet’s Studios. Tickets are R100 and include a chance to see the company warm up in daily class, watch some extracts from Snow White rehearsals and have your photo taken with your favourite dancer, plus refreshments. To book call Edgar Moagi on 011-877 6898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joburg Ballet again offers a range of very affordable ticket options for Snow White – The Ballet, including half price on opening night, budget priced morning matinees at just R80 and discounts for pensioners and groups. In addition, the Early Bird Special offers 30% off all tickets bought before 21 August.
SNOW WHITE – THE BALLET: BOOKING INFORMATION
Dates, Times, Prices:
Fri 13 Oct at 19:30
Half Price: R90, R125, R170, R195, R225
Sat 14 Oct, Fri 20 Oct, Sat 21 Oct at 19:30 & Sat 14 Oct, Sun 15 Oct, Sat 21 Oct, Sun 22 Oct at 15:00
R126, R175, R238, R273, R315; Standard Prices from 21 August: R180, R250, R340, R390, R450
Tue 17 October & Wed 18 October at 11:00
All tickets R80
Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)
Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at www.webtickets.co.za/pnpoutlets.aspx)
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