Category Archives: Ballet

Nijinksy’s War

One of the pieces I have been most keen to see at the 969 Festival at Wits University is Nijinsky’s War with dancer/choreographer Ignatius van Heerden. Directed by Gopala Davies and this work starts before the audience enters the theatre with … Continue reading

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Masilo’s Gutsy Giselle

Giselle is best known as a pretty, classical ballet from the Romantic era, to pretty music by the little known Adolphe Adam.  If that’s what you want, do NOT go out to see Dada Masilo’s Giselle. You won’t find any … Continue reading

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The Hostess (Television – SABC3)

The Hostess is a brand new 13 episode cooking and lifestyle reality series for food and entertainment connoisseurs alike. This show, presented by Lorna Maseko and produced by Greyscale Productions, is a deliciously decadent celebration of dining and creative entertaining … Continue reading

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La Traviata, the ballet

La Traviata, (The Fallen Woman) is based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, La Dame aux Camelias written in 1852.  Unlike the Verdi opera, the ballet choreographed by Veronica Paeper uses the name “Camilla” for the heroine of the story. … Continue reading

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Golden Age, Bolshoi Ballet Movie

The Bolshoi Ballet’s movie of their production of The Golden Age, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, the company’s artistic director to music by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) showed at the Rosebank Cinema Nouveau recently. The history of this ballet is that it … Continue reading

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The Bolshoi’s The Bright Stream

Ballet lovers are already looking forward to a new season of seven wonderful ballets from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet company which will be screened at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Johannesburg over the next six months. The … Continue reading

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Johannesburg Youth Ballet turns 40

Most young people in the Johannesburg Youth Ballet can’t imagine how daring and different it was to have a non-racial ballet company in 1976.  Audrey King, however, set one up and then took it on an international tour. In 2016, … Continue reading

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