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Coppélia, the ballet, if not the doll, comes to life

The story of Coppelia was originally inspired by E.T.A. Hoffman’s gothic romance The Sandman, but it is not as dark as the original.  In fact Coppélia is a light hearted comedy and its heroine, the high-spirited Swanhilda, is a sheer delight. [Note:  … Continue reading

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Nutcracker and My Cup of Tea Ballet Awards

Dickens begins his novel, Tale of Two Cities, with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” That’s what this year has been like for ballet in Johannesburg. In order to survive the two ballet … Continue reading

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Celebration 4 was a great night out at the ballet

The Celebration series is a mix of contemporary and traditional ballet in bite sized bits. The traditional ballet component features the pas de deux from Harlequinade, featuring Angela Maree and Monier Jouve, and the pas de deux from Flames of … Continue reading

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World Premiere of Hansel and Gretel, the ballet

What excitement there is in Johannesburg at the moment. A brand new ballet, Hansel and Gretel, commissioned for the Johannesburg Youth Ballet, choreographed by Mark Hawkins to a new commissioned score by Nik Sakellarides had its international premiere on Thursday … Continue reading

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Long live the ballet! (Review of Le Corsaire)

The SA Mzansi Ballet is Joburg’s new ballet company. It is a merger between the South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions. Changes have been afoot in the last few years and the brilliant new production of Le Corsaire, a … Continue reading

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