Category Archives: Ballet

Snow White delights young and old

 I didn’t make it to opening night of Snow White so I missed Nicole Ferreira-Dill in the title role and Kitty Phetla as the evil Queen in Joburg Ballet’s new production choreographed by Iain MacDonald.  Monike Cristina was Snow White, … Continue reading

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Snow White – the Ballet

Snow White is the 1812 (revised in 1854) retelling of an old German fairytale by the Brothers Grimm where a young princess is so beautiful that her evil and jealous stepmother, the Queen, decides to kill her.  However, Snow White’s … Continue reading

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International Ballet Gala

When young dancers from around the world gather in South Africa to perform there is always a sense of occasion. The International Ballet Gala in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Ballet in the Bush … well, in the bush (Limpopo) recently … Continue reading

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South African International Ballet Competition Gala in Joburg on 7 September 2017

Dirk Badenhorst, founder and CEO of the South African International Ballet Competition held in Cape Town every second year, is hosting a Gala performance of classical and neo classical works performed by leading professional dancers from South Africa, Russia, Spain, … Continue reading

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Big City, Big Dreams

Joburg  Ballet Theatre’s collaboration with Vuyani Dance Theatre and Moving Into Dance Mophatong is an (almost) new departure for the ballet company.  It is also a brave attempt at making contemporary ballet, and making relevant dance theatre for urban African … Continue reading

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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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