Date: Friday, 12 April 2019 – Sunday, 14 April 2019
Don't think comedy and ballet make a good mix? This event is proof. Men In Tutus will have you laughing in wonderment as 19 prima ballet dancers take to the stage in some well-known numbers. The tickets are affordable too, so bring your friends along! Tickets cost R200 per person and can be purchased here.
Date: Saturday, 20 April 2019 – Sunday, 26 May 2019.
We love us an incredible musical, don't you? You'll definitely love this one, so make sure you catch Chicago's story of murder, greed and corruption in the 30s. You'll be sitting at the edge of your seat because this acclaimed multi-award winning, long-term running musical centres around the life of Jazz slayer - Roxie Hart and her fellow inmates at the Cook County Jail.
Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 - Sunday, 14 April 2019.
Laugh until you get those abs because Chester Missing and his sidekick, ventriloquist Conrad Koch are going to be entertaining you at their internationally acclaimed show Puppet Guy. This show features world-class ventriloquism, hilarious puppet characters and audience participation, and it sells out fast so book early! Tickets are R130 - R180 per person, get yours here.
Date: Every Sunday
Forget boring Sundays – why don't you and your family skip cooking and enjoy some mouthwatering meals from Punchinello's? We think its a perfect idea to get out of the house and prepare yourselves for the week ahead. There are welcome drinks, live entertainment and plenty more to look forward to. For booking please contact them on 011 367 4367.
Date: Wednesday, 14 April 2019 – Sunday, 14 April 2019.
This musical is said to be the best of its kind. Prepare to be thrilled by the exhilarating theatrical experience that you would expect from Stephen Sondheim, the creator of musical masterpieces such as Sweeney Todd and West Side Story. Mom and Dad, it's best to leave the kids at home though, because this one's for the grownups. Click here to find out more.
Date: Friday, 19 April 2019 – Monday, 22 April 2019.
Easter is right around the corner and we are truly excited for the festivities that will unfold. They are celebrating all things famiglia at Montecasino and they would appreciate it if you joined along. The Piazza will be turned into a family feast of fun and delight with plenty of entertainment to keep the kids busy while you sit back and relax. From giant inflatables and interactive games, to a kiddie’s creative corner and dedicated Hopper Squad to entertain the little ones – there are activities to enjoy all day long.
Date: Friday, 19 April 2019 - Monday, 22 April 2019.
Head to the Montecasino Bird Gardens for one of the five Easter egg hunts they've got planned for Easter weekend. Get there early to reserve your little one's spot among the 200 children that get to hunt for chocolatey Cadbury treats on Friday 19 April at 14:00, Saturday 20 April at 14:00, Sunday 21 April at 12:00 and 14:00, and on Monday 22 April at 14:00. They can also expect a special visit from the Easter bunny and lots of entertainment. Standard entry fee to the Bird Gardens applies.
Date: Saturday, 4 May 2019
This is considered Africa's biggest tequila toast and it is returning to Montecasino's Outdoor Event Area. Get ready for the biggest celebration of Mexican Food from over 24 different food vendors, a vast variety of tequilas, Mexican cocktails, piñata showdowns, a chilli eating competition, bull riding, and entertainment in bucket loads – and let’s not forget the kiddies area where you can drop your little ones off. The live entertainment also boasts an impressive local lineup of Lady Zamar, Jimmy Nevis, Desmond & The Tutus, Monark, Kyle Cassim, Mohito Swing and Ryan The DJ. See you there!
Technical brilliance, tongue-in-cheek humour and a passion for classical and contemporary ballet, Men In Tutus will soon be taking centre stage at The Teatro at Montecasino, for four shows ONLY!
Humour in the world of classical ballet is difficult to find, and this is one reason for the enduring popularity of this fabulous troupe of male ballerinas. Direct from New York, Les Ballets Eloelle's latest international production, Men In Tutus, is the most spectacular, talented and hilarious all-male comedy ballet ever!
The international company has brought together dancers from all over the world - Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Japan and The Philippines - especially for this unmissable tour.
The comedy aspect of “Men In Tutus” – clever, affectionate parody of the ballet canon, both classical and contemporary via the dancers’ hilarious female personae – never undermines either the challenges of performing the complex choreography or the exceptional results, which make the show so thrilling to watch.
For this tour, the performances will consist of five works.
They'll begin with Pas de Quatre, which is an old romantic era ballet that was created to bring four great ballerinas of the time together. It was a huge headache for the producer of this idea as the grand dames were not all that willing to acquiesce to the idea that the others were in the same league as themselves. This ballet is really a lot of what you might think ballet is, egos are on full display.
The show will continue with a Pas de Deux, most likely Le Corsaire Pas de Duex. These pieces display the technical abilities of the dancers. Of course, in this version, the dancing and comedy will go hand in hand.
The third piece of the evening is called Go for Barocco and is a parody of George Balanchine’s choreography. Balanchine believed that ballet was about women and used simple costumes to focus on the beautiful bodies of dancers. Les Ballets Eloelle will offer some eye-catching bodies for their audiences to gaze upon and will lovingly recreate his style.
The first act ends with the most famous solo in dance, The Dying Swan. Les Ballets Eloelle have spent a lot of time recreating a faithful rendition of the famous fowl’s final flight. Bring your tissues, it’s a tearjerker!
The performance ends with the full second act of Swan Lake. This ballet is one that almost everyone has heard of. It follows the courtship of a young prince and a lovely swan. This type of relationship was probably more popular in the past before internet dating sites appeared.
And once the show has ended, don't miss the opportunity to meet Les Ballets Eloelle and even take photos with them.
The audiences will meet (among others):
Nina Minimaximova (Victor Trevino)
On her third divorce and the toast of Paris, St Petersburg, Tokyo and Long Island, Nina reigned supreme on the stages of the world's greatest theatres until her forced retirement by jealous detractors and a public with taste. She now occupies the turbaned, sitting roles made famous by ballerinas of a certain age.
Tamara Chilirojo (Alexandre Alguero Alejos)
Young of spirit and fresh like fish, Tamara radiates a sense of naivete with her "who, me?" countenance and her "why her?" competitiveness. Detractors have criticised her for still being "green", but Tamara wants it on record that the condition was long ago cleared up with antibiotics supplied by her Aunt Violet.
Imelda Hardtoes (Carlos Garcia)
The former first lady of Philippine dance, Imelda left her homeland under dubious circumstances, but was granted artistic asylum by Les Ballets Eloelle and brings with her a wealth of experience and 4 532 pairs of designer pointe shoes.
The cast also includes Walter Battistini; Ivan Felix; Jimmy Lumba; Jhonatan Mendez; Victor Maguad; Joel Morris (an ex-South African Ballet Theatre star); Ian Ocampo; Eugene Obille; Shaughn Neil Pegoraro; Joseph Phillips; Tetsushi Segawa; and Wataru Tokue.
Friday, 12 April 2019 – Sunday, 14 April 2019. Show times are as follows:
The Teatro at Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.
Tickets cost between R200 - R400 per person and can be purchased at Computicket.
For more information about this spectacular show, visit Montecasino's website at www.tsogosun.com.