Joburg Ballet stages four full productions a year, as well as shorter ballets choreographed by their very own dancers. In 2019, they lit up Joburg stages with Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Unbound and Giselle. The company also travels across South Africa, visiting communities who may have never encountered ballet before. Presenting snippets of their productions, they offer these audiences an intimate encounter with much-loved characters such as Giselle, Odette and Snow White.
But, Joburg Ballet is far more than just a professional ballet company. A registered charity organisation, the company works in underprivileged communities around Johannesburg. Bringing the joy of dance to children and adults alike, Joburg Ballet strives to endear the art of ballet to new audiences. However, the love of dance alone cannot keep them afloat. Relying on generous donations, ticket sales and support from their fans, Joburg Ballet balances the scale of financing productions, staff salaries and purchasing equipment.
Show Your Support
There are a number of ways to show your support of Joburg Ballet. The most obvious is to attend their shows! While the 2019 season has ended, you can expect more stage magic in the new year. Kicking off their 2020 season with Don Quixote, Joburg Ballet will set the Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre alight with passion and romance. Starring major international ballet stars, Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov of The Royal Ballet.
Don Quixote is set in the bustling Spanish seaport of Barcelona. This scintillating classic tells the story of beautiful, audacious Kitri and her love for the dashing but poor barber, Basilio. Her father, however, has more ambitious plans for his headstrong daughter, hoping to marry her off to a wealthy suitor. However, like all good stories, love conquers all in a cascade of classical ballet. Featuring celebrated showpieces, including the famous Don Quixote Pas de Deux, this ballet is a must-see. As usual, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be in the orchestra pit to bring to life one of the most sparkling music scores ever created for ballet.
When Is It?
Friday, 13 March 2020 – Sunday, 22 March 2020.
Where Is It?
Joburg Theatre Mandela Stage, 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Ticket prices range from R110 – R523 per person. Book yours here.
Friends of the Ballet
Friends of the Ballet is an organisation for the loyal supporters of the Joburg Ballet. Their motto, ‘Growing Ballet‘, represents their goal to build awareness around the importance of the ballet. A non-profit organization, FOTB raises funds via membership, the Friends Merchandise Table and an annual fundraising event. They also host informative talks about ballet, discussions with choreographers, dancers and musicians, allowing new fans to experience all the magic behind the scenes.
Anyone is welcome to become a Friend of the Ballet. There are a number of membership options, including an Under 21s card, couples membership, over 60s and VIP membership. Members receive discounts on tickets, special invitations to performances and events and free merchandise. Sign up here.
My School, My Village, My Planet
If you aren’t able to join the Friends of the Ballet just yet, there is another way to give back to Joburg Ballet. Simply swipe your My School card at Woolworths, Engen or online with Loot.co.za. You can support up to three schools or charities with one card. Make Joburg Ballet one of your beneficiaries by registering on the My School website. With every swipe, you can help support Joburg Ballet’s productions, dancers and development work across Johannesburg.
For More Information
For more information about their upcoming productions, visit their website.
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