JCT Goes Virtual

Joburg City Theatres comprise of Joburg Theatre, Roodepoort Theatre and Soweto Theatre. As three of the largest and most popular theatre venues in Gauteng, they bring audiences the very best in family-friendly, big-budget theatre year round. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown, these world-class venues have had to temporarily close their doors. While this is disappointing for ticket holders and regular patrons, it may prove devastating for the theatre's staff, artists and crew. Nevertheless, Joburg City Theatres have stepped up to the plate, bringing you a selection of their best loved productions online during lockdown!

At the start of lockdown, Joburg City Theatres debuted the #JCTSoloCreativeChallenge, calling on artists, theatre makers and directors to deliver content online, just for you. The theatres then dug into their archives to find live recordings of their best shows to stream online. So far we've seen Janice Honeyman's Snow White the Pantomime, The KZN Heritage Ensemble, Joburg Ballet's Carmen, Verdi's La Traviata and the National School of the Arts production of Gibson Kente's Too Late.

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What's Up Next?

Joburg City Theatres have committed to bringing you weekly shows in lockdown. In honour of Youth Month, they've got a jam-packed online schedule lined up. In partnership with the National School of the Arts, Current State of Poetry, the Indie Foundation and Art Twenty Four Academy, Joburg City Theatres will be celebrating young artists all throughout Youth Month. You can expect a fantastic showcase of theatre, dance, poetry, stand up comedy and much more. Here's what's on the lineup:

Youth Month Special Music, Poetry and Comedy

Kicking things off, Joburg Theatre presents their Youth Month Special in collaboration with Art Twenty Four Academy and the Indie Foundation. Featuring performances from young and upcoming poets, musicians and comedians, this 45-minute show is a must-see. Stream it on Joburg Theatre's YouTube channel from 21 June 2020.

Poetic Thursdays - Online Open Mic Night 

Up next on the bill is Soweto Theatre's Poetic Thursdays. This event usually draws in audiences from all around Joburg for the best in spoken word performances. Now Soweto Theatre's Poetic Thursdays has gone online for an open mic night unlike any other. The online event takes place on Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 20:00 on Joburg City Theatre's website and YouTube channel.

The National School of the Arts Ruby Suite 

The NSA in collaboration with the Johannesburg Youth Ballet and Moving Into Dance present The Ruby Suite. Directed by JYB's Mark Hawkins, The Ruby Suite is an eclectic synthesis of neo-classical, flamenco, hip-hop and contemporary dance. Showcasing the versatility of the young dancers from the NSA, Moving Into Dance and the JYB, The Ruby Suite is one of the highlights of Joburg City Theatre's Youth Month lineup. The show will go live online daily between Thursday, 25 June - Sunday, 28 June 2020 at 16:00. 

Amanda

Another one of the National School of the Art's pre-recorded shows, Amanda rounds off the Joburg City Theatre's Youth Month celebrations. Amanda is in Grade 11 and has a major crush on Katy, a white Afrikaans girl. In this sensitive and amusing play, Amanda shares a day in her school-girl life. The play reveals the complexities of the South African socio-political landscape and touches on relevant topics of racism, sexism, gender-based violence and prejudice. The winner of the 2019 Original Works Festival, this play is not to be missed. Stream it online between Thursday, 25 June - Sunday, 28 June 2020 at 16:00 daily.

When Is It?

Joburg City Theatre's Youth Month celebrations run from Tuesday, 16 June 2020 to Sunday, 28 June 2020. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook to find links to their daily shows.

Where Is It?

Joburg Theatre's website and YouTube channel.

How Much Is It?

Joburg City Theatres' online programming is free to watch, but you can help keep them alive and thriving by starting online conversations about your favourite shows. And if you simply cannot wait to settle into those classic red theatre seats again, purchase a Joburg City Theatres voucher from Webtickets to use after lockdown has ended!

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For More Information

Keep an eye on their social media pages to stay up to date with their lockdown entertainment schedule while you stay safe at home:

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Details: (Tel) 0861 670 670 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Joburg Ballet is a world renowned dance company. They bring Joburg audiences the very best classic and contemporary dance productions year round, delighting young and old. However, due to COVID-19 regulations, the company has suspended all productions until the end of the national lockdown period. But, don't fret, because you can now join two of their best dancers for live online classes! Get your ballet pumps on and have a ball dancing around your living room for 40 minutes.

These online Chair Barre classes will take place three times a week, so you really have no excuse not to be there. Plus, if you do happen to miss out on a class, the dancers will be recording each lesson so you can join at a later date. Don't miss out!

When Is It?

Mondays at 17:15 (presented by Principal Dancer, Shannon Glover)

Wednesdays at 17:15 (presented by Company Manager, Chase Bosch)

Saturdays at 9:30 (presented by Principal Dancer, Shannon Glover)

Where Is It?

Online, Zoom. (Download the app to join.)

How Much Is It?

Free.

For More Information 

For any further information or to be added onto the Joburg Ballet adult dance classes WhatsApp group, please e-mail [email protected] and/or [email protected]

You can also follow Joburg Ballet on Facebook for updates.

Creativity In The Face Of Adversity

Since the start of the national lockdown period, government has implemented very little means for arts organisations and self-employed artists to support themselves. This despite the fact that many of us isolating at home have relied on television, film, music and literature to keep entertained.

In light of these current challenges, arts organisations and performers have banded together to find new ways to share their talents with the world and provide much-needed positivity and hope for better days. From performing live concerts via streaming on social media, to virtual exhibitions and even free downloadables, the arts sector is proving itself invaluable during this time. So, why not get behind them to help keep the industry alive?

One way in which you can support the arts during this difficult period is by either donating tickets you have already purchased to the given artist or venue, or by only asking for a portion of a refund for your tickets. Every little bit counts towards keeping the industry and its thousands of talented freelance artists afloat. However, your contributions need not only be monetary. By simply engaging with the arts on a daily basis and sharing the joy of film, television, music, theatre or visual art with others, you can help keep the industry going through lockdown and beyond.

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Local & International Arts Projects To Support During Lockdown

Here are a few innovative arts projects to get you started on watching, listening and enjoying from the comfort and safety of your own home:

UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture is a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. Their work helps support numerous academically deserving, but financially needy students. On Tuesday, 12 May 2020, they 'apparently' announced the lineup for their upcoming UNFESTIVAL programme - a week-long showcase of un-events, non-happenings and general nothingness. Get your tickets here!

Joburg City Theatres

Joburg Theatre, Roodepoort Theatre and Soweto Theatre face huge losses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As three of the largest and most popular theatre venues in Gauteng, they have banded together to bring you a selection of online content. You can now watch some of their most successful productions online via their YouTube channel. From Janice Honeyman's Pantos, to Joburg Ballet's classical masterpieces and even famous operas, Joburg City Theatres will be keeping you entertained throughout lockdown. Not a fan of online streaming? Purchase a Joburg City Theatres voucher from Webtickets to redeem once lockdown is over.

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POPArt ZoomProv Live

POPArt Theatre recently announced that they will be moving out of the Maboneng Precinct onto bigger and better horizons. However, due to the national lockdown and COVID-19 health regulations, they were not able to share one last goodbye with you at their former home. Nevertheless, being the crazy innovators they are, the POPArt team have gone virtual. Presenting you with their new onlinel feature - ZoomProv Live performances! Join your favourite POPArt regulars for a fun online session of rapid improvisation, wit and a possible few fumbles.

If you won't be able to join this event, please consider donating to POPArt through their website. Even the smallest contribution will go a long way to getting them back up and running once lockdown is over.

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#TheatreWillRise - The Market Theatre Monologues

The Market Theatre has been an icon of determination and perseverance against all odds since 1976. Join them for daily monologue sessions performed by some of South Africa's most seasoned theatre professionals. The #TheatreWillRise campaign aims to keep audiences engaged, entertained and invested in the theatre, even while under lockdown.

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Joburg Ballet's Chair Barre Classes

Just a few weeks before the national lockdown was implemented, Joburg Ballet was due to perform their first season for 2020. They were only able to run two out of five shows, subsequently losing over R1 million. Thankfully, all ticket holders donated their tickets to the company rather than ask for a refund. However, the cost of keeping the company afloat during the lockdown and beyond is going to prove a challenge for Joburg Ballet. You can show your support by becoming a Friend of the Ballet or by swiping your My School, My Village, My Planet card at Woolworths, Engen or various other partnering retailers. 

Joburg Ballet's dancers are also working hard at home to keep fit and in top form for their return to the stage. You can now join principal dancers Shannon Glover and Chase Bosch for thrice weekly chair barre classes online, too! All you need is a little courage, some ballet pumps and a good sense of humour.

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Goliaths Go Live

Goliath and Goliath, in collaboration with Skyroom Live, present the Goliaths Go Live daily feature. Every day at 14:00 during lockdown, your favourite comedy trio will be live, chatting to a celebrity guest about their lockdown experiences, challenges and advice for their fellow South Africans. Tune in for a much-needed dose of giggles and to feel less alone during this difficult time.

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Google Arts & Culture Live Gallery Tours

Seeing that travel bans are unlikely to be lifted any time soon, why not visit the world's top museums and galleries from right where you are? Google Arts and Culture have partnered with over 2500 museums and galleries to bring you a series of fantastic online exhibits. From London to Seoul, you can traverse the globe's most famous arts and culture centres without moving an inch. In addition, a few of these galleries will be posting their most zen art works under the hashtag #MuseumMomementOfZen on social media to help keep you calm during these trying times. The collection includes the British Museum in London, the Guggenheim in New York City, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and many more. Click here for more information.

Norval Foundation Virtual Tour

The Norval Foundation is a newly opened centre in the Western Cape for the research and exhibition of 20th- and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the foundation announced that it would no longer allow visitors to its sculpture garden and restaurant. Instead, you can tour the garden, Skotnes Restaurant and the on-site gift shop from your own home using their virtual tour function! You can also check out their current exhibitions on their website.

If you would like to make a donation to the Norval Foundation, please follow this link - https://www.norvalfoundation.org/donate/. Funds go towards sponsoring arts education for underprivileged schools in the area.

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Social Distancing Festival

The Social Distancing Festival is both a celebration of artists and their dedicated work, as well as an acknowledgement that social distancing is imperative to curbing the spread of COVID-19. This online platform seeks to create solidarity among global art communities, while still bringing in audiences to see the work they have tirelessly developed over months or even years. The Social Distancing Festival will not be hosting any live streaming events, but instead acts as a directory for artists to post notifications, short video clips and streaming links to their work. Check out upcoming streaming events from across the globe here.

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#MOCAAFromYourCouch

The Zeitz MOCAA museum in Cape Town temporarily shut its doors to promote social distancing and self-isolation in March. However, this does not mean that you cannot still enjoy their vast collection of contemporary African art. Zeitz MOCAA will be posting daily to their social media accounts, bringing you a glimpse of some of their most popular exhibitions. Use the hashtag #MOCAAFromYourCouch to see their daily updates and to engage with fellow art lovers online.

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Standard Bank Arts - Lumieres d' Afriques

The Lumieres d' Afriques exhibition at the Standard Bank Art Gallery was due to take place between 21 February – 9 April 2020. Unfortunately, the gallery has had to temporarily suspend the exhibition to comply with COVID-19 health and safety regulations. But, there is hope for all you art lovers out there - Standard Bank Arts announced on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 that they will be bringing you a virtual Lumieres d' Afriques art fair! Take a tour around the gallery, admiring the art works of over 54 artists from 54 countries across Africa. It's the perfect way to wile away a few hours when you're stuck in self-isolation.

The Standard Bank Art Gallery also recently introduced an interactive online feature called Home Studio Live. Offering art and music lovers a window to the arts from the safety of their own homes, this platform will see various Standard Bank Young Artist award winners perform live from their own home studios to keep you entertained and connected with the arts at large over the course of the lockdown. Follow Standard Bank Arts on Facebook to keep up with their live streaming events.

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The Metropolitan Opera

Have you always dreamed of travelling to New York to visit the Metropolitan Opera House? Well now you can! Join the Met for their nightly opera streams - a free series of encore Live in HD presentations available to stream via the company's website or the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple devices and Samsung Smart TV, during the coronavirus closure. Sit back and indulge in the delicious sounds of Carmen, La Traviata, Eugene Onegin and many more. All nightly Met opera streams stay open for 23 hours, so you will most likely only be able to access them from morning until early afternoon in South Africa. But, let's be honest, what better way is there to wake your neighbours and spread a little joy than by pumping world-class opera through your speakers? Happy listening!

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National Theatre At Home

The National Theatre in London is expected to remain closed to the public until late June. As such, the theatre debuted their At Home live streaming series, bringing their quintessential blend of classic and contemporary British theatre to the world under lockdown. Each Thursday, they post a new event to stream from the comfort and safety of your couch. Click here to see what's on this week.

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The National Arts Festival Makhanda

A 969km annual pilgrimage from Joburg to Makhanda takes place each June as theatre lovers, art fundis and music aficionados flock to the National Arts Festival. In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, and subsequent travel bans, the NAF seemed likely to be cancelled. However, proving that innovation and the arts have a steadfast relationship, their stakeholders and CEO have come up with a daring solution - the first ever virtual National Arts Festival, bringing you 11 days of amazing directly from Makhanda. The festival is set to take the format of virtual tours, online workshops and panel discussions and possible live stream performances. Keep an eye out for updates on the NAF 2020 festival here.

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Do you know of any other local or international organisation streaming theatre productions, live music or arts festivals? Let us know about them! 

What Is It?

Joburg Ballet invite you to get up close and personal with two of the world's best international dancers. Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov will take to the stage this March in Joburg Ballet's Don Quixote. A ballet filled with passion, tension and drama, this highly anticipated production kicks off what it set to be a stellar year for the company. Come and see Nunez and Muntagirov perform their best, after which you will be treated to an intimate meet and greet session with the stars. Ballet fanatics, this one is just for you, so don't miss out!

When Is It?

Friday, 20 March 2020 from 19:30-23:30

Where Is It?

Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Bouelvard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R1000 for members of Friends of the Ballet, as well as one guest per member. If you haven't secured a membership yet, join here.

To book your up close and personal meet and greet with the Joburg Ballet stars please email [email protected]

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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 GiselleThe 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. As 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.

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Show Your Support

There are a number of ways to show your support of Joburg Ballet. The most obvious would be to attend their shows. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent national lockdown, it may be awhile before any of us can head out to the ballet again. A few weeks before lockdown was implemented, Joburg Ballet kicked off their 2020 season with Don Quixote. Setting the Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre alight with passion and romance, their first show for the season saw major international ballet stars, Marianela Núñez and Vadim Muntagirov of The Royal Ballet take the lead.

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 the end. Featuring celebrated showpieces, including the famous Don Quixote Pas de Deux, this ballet was to be highly-anticipated by Joburg Ballet supporters and classical dance fanatics across Johannesburg. 

Sadly, after only four performances, the season was cancelled on 15 March 2020. The Mail and Guardian has since reported that Joburg Ballet has lost an estimated R1 million due to the cancellation. Chief executive at Joburg Ballet, Esther Nasser, said, "You can imagine the impact of cancelling the guest artists, Marianela Núñez and Vadim Muntagirov from the Royal Ballet, as well as the gala in Cape Town, which was to follow after the Don Quixote performances."

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Generosity In Abundance 

In an Instagram post on 24 March 2020, Joburg Ballet thanked all the people who had already bought tickets for the show for donating the funds to the company rather than asking for a refund. "The cancellation of six of the season’s 10 performances has obviously had an impact on Joburg Ballet and your generosity will help the ballet company through the tough times ahead," they wrote.

If you would like to support Joburg Ballet through these difficult times, read on to find out about their loyalty programmes and plans to continue to bring you the magic of dance through the remainder of the lockdown:

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.

Dance In Your Living Room

Joburg Ballet hosts regular adult ballet classes at their studios in Braamfontein under normal circumstances. But due to lockdown regulations, both the company's professional and amateur dancers have been honing their skills at home in preparation for their grand return to the studio floor. Artistic director, Ian MacDonald has said, "It’s frustrating for the dancers not to be able to perform, as they have all worked incredibly hard on their individual interpretation of their roles within the production."

That's why Joburg Ballet now present Chair Barre Lockdown classes online! Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday you can join company manager Chase Bosch and Principal dancer Shannon Glover as they alternate for a 40-minute adult ballet beginners class. The class will take place on ZOOM, so download the app and join in for fun-filled class! The dancers will also be recording the classes, so if you happen to miss the class you can do it at a later stage. While these classes are free of charge, by joining you are keeping the love of dance alive and showing your support to the Joburg Ballet dancers during this turbulent time. So, get on those tights and ballet pumps and dance up a storm from home!

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For More Information

Show your support by following Joburg Ballet on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For more information about their upcoming productions, visit their website.

Details: Corner of Loveday Street and Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | 011 877 6898 | [email protected]

Giselle - Ballet's Greatest Tragedy 

After a three-year hiatus from the stage, Joburg Ballet's production of Giselle returns for a 10 show season at Joburg Theatre. Giselle is a ballet in two acts which takes place in 17th Century Rhineland, West Germany:

Act I

Giselle, a peasant girl, unabashedly falls in love with Count Albrecht. He disrobes the cloak and sword which identify him as nobility, and begins a love affair with Giselle, tricking her into believing that he is a villager named Loys. Despite warnings from her mother and Hilarion, a local forester who is in love with her, Giselle trusts that Loys will be honest and true.

Count Albrecht's true identity is revealed by Hilarion during the village spring festivities. He discovers Albrecht's cloak and sword, which match the noble insignia on a hunting horn belonging to the Duke of Courland and his daughter, Bathilde, Albrecht's betrothed. Giselle is shattered by the betrayal and she descends into madness, dying of a broken heart.

Joburg Ballet's GISELLE

Join us this Sunday for OPEN DAY or in October at Joburg Theatre with The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra for the Romantic ballet GISELLE. Open Day Bookings via Edgar on 011876898 or edgar@joburgballet.com - Bookings for the show via WebticketsThank you for the video Lauge Sorensen

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Act II

The second act of the ballet sees Giselle awoken from her grave by the haunting Wilis, a ghostly group of young women jilted by men, who have died before their wedding day. The Wilis avenge their sorrows by dancing any man they come across during the hours of darkness in the Rhineland forest to death. Myrthe, their queen, is relentless in her damnation of male kind. She initiates Giselle into the Wilis rites, shortly before Albrecht enters to visit her unhallowed grave. Giselle appears to Albrecht as if in a dream. Meanwhile, the Wilis hunt down Hilarion, dancing him into exhaustion and driving him to his death in the lake.

Giselle does everything in her power to protect Albrecht from Myrthe's wrath. However, she is overcome by Mythre's control over her and he is drawn into the dance. Giselle attempts to sustain him through the night, but he grows weaker by the minute. Just as Albrecht's death seems final, dawn breaks and the Wilis disappear. Giselle fades away with them and the Count is left alone to grieve.

Expectation Exceeded

I distinctly remember the first occasion I saw Joburg Ballet perform Giselle. I was eleven and totally taken aback by the beauty and complexity of the story. The ultimate romance, Giselle is my favourite ballet.

Not wishing to lace this review with bias, I stepped into Joburg Theatre without expectations. I hoped to see Giselle in a new light, with the eyes of a critic. I readied myself to analyse and examine all aspects of Joburg Ballet's production. But as soon as the curtains opened, I lost sense of myself, being swept up into the story and performance. Bringing to life the Rhineland setting, Johan Engels' set design, partnered with exquisite lighting from Simon King, set the stage for a magical experience.

Giselle

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Principle Perfection 

French-born principal dancer, Anaïs Chalendard is the consummate ballerina - petite, graceful and passionate. Her presence as Giselle immediately dominated the stage, as she stepped out in a sweet blue frock crafted by Joburg Ballet costumier, Yolanda Roos. Standing out starkly from the corps de ballet dressed in earthy browns and umber, Chalendard's Giselle was full of innocence and light. Upon Giselle's betrayal, Chalendard launched into madness with ease. Her performance of Giselle's ghost truly endeared her to the audience. Weightless and melancholic, she drifted about the stage in a wisp. Receiving rapturous applause at curtain call, it was an utter treat to see Chalendard give this performance.

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Joburg Ballet soloist, Leusson Muniz took on the role of Count Albrecht with all the grace and composure of a professional dancer at his peak. I saw Muniz perform earlier this year in Joburg Ballet's Unbound. As such, his skill and execution of the lifts, turns and strenuous solos demanded by Giselle did not surprise me. However, the emotional quality of his dancing surpassed the level usually seen in male soloist performances. From the joys of young love, to the grief of Giselle's untimely death, Muniz delivered a perfect Count Albrecht.

Lastly, but certainly not least, Claudio Monja made the ideal Queen of the Wilis. Her stark expressions conveyed all the meaning needed, creating conflict and rising tension. Her near defeat by the rise of dawn came as a welcomed resolution. Congratulations on being so convincingly wicked.

Corps de Charm

I must give a special mention to the corps de ballet. Their energy was delightful, bringing such character to the production. Opening court scenes can be lengthy and tiresome, but thanks to the personality of these dancers, time whiled itself away all too quickly. The junior dancers from Joburg Ballet School similarly left the audience chuckling and gushing over their cuteness. It was a pity that these little dancers-in-the-making did not come out onto stage at the applause to receive their moment in the spotlight. High fives to all of you!

The only niggle I pinpointed by the corps de ballet's performance came in Act II. As the Wilis glide over the marsh, there should be little sound from the dancer's heels hitting the stage floor. The clanking of their pointe shoes distracted from the eeriness of this scene. However, understanding how difficult this movement is, they can be easily forgiven.

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Overall, Joburg Ballet's Giselle was a sensational delight. I highly recommend that you see it before the season ends on Sunday, 13 October 2019.

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Things To Come

Joburg Ballet's artistic director, Ian MacDonald, shared some exciting news with the audience on opening night - March 2020 will see Joburg Theatre's Mandela Stage set alight with fiery passion in Don QuixoteBut, that's not all. Joburg Ballet welcomes two of the world's greatest international dancers, Marianela Nuñes and Vadim Muntagirov, as their stars for the season! These principals of the Royal Ballet are a sight to behold, so be sure to book your early bird tickets.

Sadly, Joburg Ballet also announced the professional retirement of both Anaïs Chalendard and seasoned principal Nicole Ferreira-Dill, who has performed in Snow White and Sleeping Beauty among many others. Ms Ferreria-Dill has performed with Joburg Ballet for the past 13 years, and will be sadly missed.

Nicole Ferreira-Dill

For More Information

Visit Joburg Ballet's website for more information - joburgballet.com

You can also follow them on social media for the latest event updates, ticket specials and insights into the magical world of ballet:

Facebook - facebook.com/JoburgBalletCompany

Twitter - twitter.com/JoburgBallet

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Details: Corner of Loveday Street and Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | +27(0)11 877 6898 | [email protected]

Let's Move with The Market Theatre Lab

Let's Move is an open adult dance class hosted twice weekly at the Market Theatre Laboratory in Newtown. These classes cover the basics of tap dance, Kasie funk, floor bar, body conditioning and contemporary dance. Facilitated by the talented Teresa Phuthi Majola, Let's Move is a high-energy dance class for urban movers and shakers. These hour long dance lessons are intense, making for a great workout. But, you will probably be having so much fun that you won't even notice. The classes are tailored to dancers looking to learn a variety of styles. However, you need not have any experience in these dance genres to join in on the fun. Just show up ready to learn and be full of enthusiasm!

Let's Move classes take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 17:30 – 18:30. At only *R45 - R60 per class per month’s subscription, these lessons are some of the most affordable in the city. Teresa also hosts kiddies dance classes. Two groups for children aged 3 -12, and 13 - 18, take place at the Market Lab every Saturday morning.

For more information, or to register, contact Teresa on 062 022 1384 or via email at [email protected].

Details: The Market Laboratory, The Market Square, 138 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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African Goombay 

Joburg Theatre have opened their doors to dancers with African Goombay classes. Offering beginners a fun experience, based on narrative and storytelling through movement. The classes cover different African dance styles, from their traditional elements to modern influences. These styles include South African Pantsula, Afrobeats and Gumboot dancing. There are also classes teaching West African Folk, Modern African street dances and various traditional styles from around the continent. All African Goombay classes are set in an enjoyable dance environment, allowing you to learn about African culture, as well as refreshing the mind and developing a healthy body.

African Goombay classes take place on Saturday mornings. There are two sessions, the first being for adults and teens, while the second is for children aged 6 - 12 years. So, bring the whole family along for a fun, Afro-fusion dance class.

Keep an eye on the Joburg Theatre website or Facebook page for details on upcoming classes.

Details: Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

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Joburg Ballet Open Classes

Did you ever dream of becoming Joburg Ballet's next prima ballerina? Well, now you can be (sort of). Joburg Ballet offers beginner and advanced open dance classes at their studio in Braamfontein. Both former dancers and newcomers to the style are welcome to attend. Teaching you basic barre, floor work and special routines is all part of the class experience. Dancers are encouraged to kit up with ballet pumps, leotards and tights, but you may attend in a comfortable, well-fitted tracksuit if that's more your style. There is no required fitness level, so anybody can join. All you need is a love of dance and the discipline to learn the art of ballet. So, point those toes, stretch those legs and leap for the sky. After all, it's never too late to learn a new skill.

Joburg Ballet open classes for beginners takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 18:15 to 19:30. Once you have grasped the basics, you will have the option to move up to the advanced classes which take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 18:15 to 19:45, and Saturdays at 08:30 to 10:00.

Classes cost R100 per lesson, which you may pay in cash on the day.

For more information, or to register contact Chase Bosch at [email protected] or Iain MacDonald at [email protected].

Details: Joburg Ballet, Joburg Theatre Complex, Corner of Loveday Street and Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Happy Dancing!

What Is It?

Now in its fifth season, A Grand Night For Singing is the highlight of the UJ Arts Centre's calendar. A spectacular evening of opera, song and dance, A Grand Night For Singing is performed in aid of the Dean's bursary fund. The lineup for the 2020 show will be announced in due course. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Don't miss out on this grand evening of music and celebration of young talent at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre.

When Is It?

Saturday, 18 April 2020 at 19:30.

Where Is It?

UJ Arts Centre, UJ Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free, but they ask that you please make a donation to the FADA Executive Dean's Bursary Fund. Please confirm your attendance here.

For more information

Visit the UJ Arts Centre website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/UJArtsCentre

Twitter - twitter.com/UJArtsCentre

Contact them on 011 559 4674 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Giselle is undoubtedly one of the most tragically beautiful ballet's to see live. Don't miss your chance to revel in the exquisite grace of this French classic at Joburg Theatre this October. Joburg Ballet presents Giselle as their closing production for the 2019 season. French principal dancer Anaïs Chalendard will share the title role with Joburg Ballet dancers. She will dance in three of the ten performances during the season. Miss Chalendard made her acclaimed Joburg Ballet debut earlier in the season as a guest artist in The Sleeping Beauty. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will also perform with Joburg Ballet during this season.

Giselle is a beautiful young peasant woman, tricked into falling in love with an engaged aristocrat, Duke Albrecht. The young woman dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover's secret. Summoned from her grave by a mysterious group of supernatural women, the Wilis, Giselle is tasked with dancing her beloved to his death. However, she finds it in her heart to forgive Albrecht for his deceit, narrowly saving him from the Wilis and herself from becoming one of them.

This ballet is haunting, splendid and one of the most technically difficult for dancers to perform. It would be a shame to miss it, so make sure to book your tickets as soon as possible.

Giselle

When Is It?

Friday, 04 October 2019 - Sunday, 13 October 2019.

Where Is It?

Joburg Theatre (Nelson Mandela Stage), 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R110 - R523 per person. Book yours online via Webtickets.

For more information

Visit Joburg Theatre's website for further details. Or, follow them on social media for event updates:

Facebook - facebook.com/JoburgTheatre

Twitter - twitter.com/JoburgTheatre

Contact the Box Office on 0861 670 670 or via email at [email protected].

Unbound: Four Ballets

Unbound is a collection of four neo-classical ballets. Shannon Glover’s I Think, Therefore I Am and choreographer Kitty Phetla’s Wakanda, make their world debuts as part of this collective production, which is being hosted at the Joburg Theatre this July. Also included in the show line-up is Belgian choreographer Kevin Durwael’s Transcendence and Esther Nasser’s The Angel Trilogy. 

Unbound: Four Ballets had its opening night on Friday, 05 July 2019. Performed on the Nelson Mandela Stage to an excited and enthusiastic audience of near capacity. The youthful Joburg Ballet company delivered a sleek and graceful performance. However, there was a nervous energy about the dancers and they never seemed to reach their full potential during the 90-minute show. Nevertheless, with a triumphant end, reminiscent of the Lord of the Dance's Riverdance, this four-in-one ballet is well worth seeing.

Wakanda

Kitty Phetla's Wakanda

Welcome to Wakanda

The show was opened by Kitty Phetla's Wakandawhich was arguably the most highly anticipated feature. Wakanda is an expanded version of the Breaking Ballet episode made for Joburg Ballet’s partnership with branding company TBWA Hunt Lascaris in 2018. This episode made up a series of eight bite-size ballets inspired by the biggest news stories of the time. Wakanda was filmed at the Cradle of Humankind, shortly after Marvel Studios blockbuster Black Panther slashed Box Office records.

Like the Marvel Studios film, Wakanda is set in a fictional African country. Unbound opens on this world. We immediately recognise the mountain scape setting and its characters thanks to the skillful set and costume designs. The cascading waterfall is especially evocative. But, while the dancers moved with utmost grace and precision in this piece, there was an overall lack of conviction in their movements. This opening could have been spectacular with a few minor tweaks. Bang those assegai's with more intention, please dancers!

Overall, Phetla's homage to the land of Wakanda was somewhat anti-climatic. The build up to the fight scene was slow moving and could be revised to create more space for conflict between our favourite characters. Nevertheless, it was a delightful contrast to the usual ballets we are accustomed to seeing. With a little more work, Wakanda may just become our national ballet.

Unbound: Four Ballets

Angel on my Shoulder

The Angel Trilogy 

Esther Nasser’s The Angel Trilogy is set to music by The Rolling Stones, Chopin and Mozart. Kicking off with a battle between warring angels clad in black bikinis, The Angel Trilogy certainly vamped up the energy in the auditorium. A rock 'n roll ballet, featuring daring dancers Monike Cristina and Claudia Monja as our angels at war. There was no lack of confidence here - instead there was raw energy, intention and a viciousness usually only seen in Swan Lake's Von Rothbart.

The Angel Trilogy's male dancers took centre stage. Surprisingly, they spoke. Or, rather shouted. Taking the ballet genre to its edge, they paraded around the stage in a burlesque manner. They were boyish and vibrant as they made fun of the style of dance they have dedicated their lives to. Almost a mish-mash between Broadway's Chicago and Ballet Eloele's Men in Tutus. This was caricature at its very best.

The piece concluded with "Angel on My Shoulder" - an unbelievable feat of acrobatics. This melancholic first act finale delivered a wonderful sense of catharsis, as the dancers seemed to float above ground, defying gravity and human capability. Their strength and flexibility were on full display, moving the audience to cheer and gasp in awe. Ultimately, The Angel Trilogy ended almost too quickly, leaving the audience wanting much more.

I Think, Therefore I Am

I think, therefore I am...

Principle Joburg Ballet dancer Shannon Glover’s I Think, Therefore I Am draws its inspiration from French philosopher René Descartes. An image of the famed philosopher framed the stage as the curtain rose for the second half. Then, an ominous voice over relayed Descartes ideas about the reality of existence. As much as this production spectacle contextualised the theme of the piece, it did distract from the dancing going on below. However, the costumes for this piece were some of the most eye-catching of the production. Deep plum reds gave a sense of seriousness to the dancers movements.

I Think Therefore I Am is an intellectual experiment, combining philosophy with dance. The movement here was exceptionally graceful. However, it may have lost some audience members attention, as there was no real story to the piece. This one is for the deep thinkers out there.

Transcendence

Transcendence

Transcendence

Unbound came to a quick-fire end with Belgian choreographer Kevin Durwael’s Transcendence. This dynamic show-stopper was the highlight of the Mignon Furman Gala presented in Cape Town by Joburg Ballet in November 2018. And, it's not difficult to understand why.

The lighting design took the prize here, as long throw casts of white light beamed down on the dancers. Then, just as the entire company came together for the grand finale, bright floodlights created a shocking backdrop. The dancers hooked arms and stood in perfect formation to perform a quick-footed sequence. Like Flatley's Riverdance, this sequence was breathtaking in its precision. It was the perfect way to end off a ballet of four neo-classical dance pieces which test boundaries and the rules of storytelling. If only it could have gone on for a little while longer.

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For more information

Unbound: Four Ballets will be staged at Joburg Theatre until Sunday, 14 July 2019. Get your tickets online via Webtickets.

For more information, visit Joburg Theatre's website, or follow the Joburg Ballet on social media:

Facebook -  facebook.com/JoburgBalletCompany

Twitter - twitter.com/JoburgBallet

Instagram - instagram.com/joburgballet

Contact the Box Office on 0861 670 670 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Joburg Ballet and Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa have something special in store for ballet lovers. This August, Ballet Botanica is coming to Fairlawns for a two day dance extravaganza. The first day of shows will see dancers perform under the moonlight, as guests sit beneath a magical Bedouin tent. Then, on the following day, guests will be treated to an afternoon picnic high tea event. Tuck into some delectable treats as the dancers entertain you with their skill, grace and poise. Featured dance pieces include the Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty and new choreographed neo-classical pieces from the likes of Kitty Phetla. 

This event is in collaboration with Friends of the Ballet, a fund-raising initiative aimed at keeping the Joburg Ballet afloat. This year's fundraising event at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa goes towards funding new studio mats for the two Joburg Ballet rehearsal studios. So, support this good cause and get your tickets to Ballet Botanica. 

When Is It?

Saturday, 24 August and Sunday, 25 August 2019. 

Times:

Saturday at 17:00.

Sunday at 12:30.

Where Is It?

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, Alma Rd, (Off Bowling Ave), Sandton, Johannesburg. 
How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R800 per person, which includes an arrival drink, one meal and exquisite performances by the Joburg Ballet Company. 

Book your tickets by emailing [email protected]

For more information

For more information, visit the Friends of the Ballet website, or follow Joburg Ballet on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/JoburgBalletCompany

Twitter - twitter.com/JoburgBallet

Instagram - instagram.com/joburgballet

Contact them on +27(0)11 877 6898 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Ballet! What's not to love? Joburg Ballet Presents Unbound - this amazing show will be running at Joburg Theatre for 10 days and trust me - Joburg Ballet sells out very quickly. So make sure you get your tickets before you get FOMO!

This neo-classical ballet is bringing all the glitter and bedazzlement onto the stage.

When Is It?

Friday to Sunday, 05 - 14 July 2019 (times differ depending on day).

Where Is It?

Mandela Theatre At Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R100 - R475 per person, get your tickets here.

For More Information

For more information, visit their Facebook page.