Category Archives: Ballet

Bengingazi, pointe to pantsula

I saw “When Ballet meets Jazz” and loved it.  Sexy and new with live music by a fabulous sextet headed by Andre Petersen, it was everything I hoped it would be – and then some.  The only thing I would … Continue reading

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Cinderella at Teatro – bring a gift

  One of the most delightful ballets, Cinderella, is coming to The Teatro at Montecasino just before Christmas – from 14 to 23 December 2018.  This is a PERFECT opportunity for your little ones to bring an unwrapped gift for … Continue reading

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When Ballet Meets Jazz

Ballet lovers are constantly being told that ballet is an aging Eurocentric art form with little relevance to general South African audiences. In contrast jazz music is recognised as an art form which spans the many gaps between South Africans, … Continue reading

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From the 19th to the 21st Century

  Fire and Ice is a double bill which swoops one from the classical ballet of the 19th century in the form of Raymonda (Act 3) through to the 21st century “fresh as this morning’s news” with the world première, … Continue reading

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Carmen – the Ballet 2018

The particular thrill of musicians tuning their instruments has always been one of my most treasured experiences.  Its absence at ballet performances over the past few years has been an ever-present, if dull, ache.  The presence of a live orchestra … Continue reading

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Degrees of comparison

The Lady of the Camellias: Showing at Cinema Nouveau from 03 February 2018. I previewed this.  The first act is good.  The second act is better.  The third act is best.  And they are all sublime. Joburg Ballet audiences recognise … Continue reading

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Le Cosaire, a dance step back in time

From 2 December 2017 the little known (apart from the pas de deux) ballet, Le Corsaire, will be shown as one of the Bolshoi movie ballets. Le Corsaire is rarely staged outside Russia despite its English roots as a poem … Continue reading

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