FIRE AND ICE FOR JOBURG BAL­LET THIS WIN­TER

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Fire and Ice, a glit­ter­ing dou­ble bill from Joburg Bal­let, takes place from 29 June at Joburg The­atre for eight per­for­mances only. Ac­ces­si­ble ticket op­tions include open­ing night at 50% off and free stu­dent seats.

Fire and Ice, a glit­ter­ing dou­ble bill from Joburg Bal­let, takes place from 29 June at Joburg The­atre for eight per­for­mances only. Ac­ces­si­ble ticket op­tions include open­ing night at 50% off and free stu­dent seats.

From the diamond bril­liance of clas­si­cal bal­let to the sweep and surge of con­tem­po­rary dance, Joburg Bal­let re­turns for its sec­ond 2018 sea­son at Joburg The­atre with Fire and Ice, a glit­ter­ing dou­ble bill, for eight per­for­mances from 29 June to 8 July.

Fire and Ice show­cases the com­pany’s range and ex­per­tise in two con­trast­ing bal­lets, the clas­si­cal Ray­monda Act 3, and a world pre­miere by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed FrenchAl­ge­rian chore­og­ra­pher Redha.

Never be­fore per­formed in Jo­han­nes­burg, Ray­monda Act 3 will pre­miere in a stag­ing by Brazil­ian pro­ducer Guiv­alde de Almeida. Drawn from a full-length nine­teenth-cen­tury bal­let, with mu­sic by Rus­sian com­poser Alexan­der Glazunov, Ray­monda Act 3 cap­tures

some of the finest clas­si­cal chore­og­ra­phy ever cre­ated in a single glit­ter­ing act.

‘When I saw Guiv­alde’s work in Brazil last year, I was so im­pressed that I im­me­di­ately asked him to share his ex­per­tise with us,’ says Joburg Bal­let Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, Iain Mac­Don­ald. ‘His stag­ing of the tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing but breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful third act from Ray­monda will give Joburg au­di­ences the op­por­tu­nity to see this great clas­si­cal jewel for the first time.’

The sec­ond part of this dy­namic dou­ble bill will be a world pre­miere com­mis­sioned by Joburg Bal­let from cel­e­brated Paris-based chore­og­ra­pher Redha. CEO Es­ther Nasser, who has pre­vi­ously worked with him, sums him up, ‘Al­ways known sim­ply as Redha – pow­er­ful, wildly imag­i­na­tive, and poignantly beau­ti­ful. That is Redha!’

As part of its on­go­ing com­mit­ment to au­di­ence development, the com­pany of­fers a range of af­ford­able tick­ets through­out the sea­son, in­clud­ing half price on open­ing night and a bud­get-priced morn­ing mati­nee where all seats are just R100. This sea­son also sees the re­turn of free stu­dent seats for ter­tiary level learn­ers at ev­ery per­for­mance.

‘In our con­tin­u­ing drive to make dance ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, Joburg Bal­let is again of­fer­ing free tick­ets through­out the Fire and Ice sea­son to ev­ery­one study­ing at ter­tiary level,’ Nasser ex­plains. ‘Stu­dents can sim­ply present a valid stu­dent card in per­son at the box of­fice be­fore any per­for­mance to claim two free, best-avail­able tick­ets.’

This sea­son will also see six re­cently pro­moted dancers on stage at Joburg The­atre. Lead­ing the list are bal­leri­nas Ni­cole Ferreira-Dill and Clau­dia Monja, who have been pro­moted to the rank of prin­ci­pal dancer. Both long-serv­ing mem­bers of Joburg Bal­let, Ferreira-Dill and Monja have distin­guished them­selves in lead­ing roles in a range of bal­lets in­clud­ing Swan Lake, Giselle, Cin­derella, La Travi­ata, Snow White and Big City, Big Dreams.

Pro­moted from soloist to se­nior soloist are Monike Cristina and San­marie Kreuzhu­ber, while Ruan Galdino and Leusson Mu­niz move from se­nior corps de bal­let to soloist rank.

Tick­ets for Fire and Ice are avail­able in per­son at Joburg The­atre box of­fice, phone 0861 670 670 or visit www.webtick­ets.co.za.

Keep up to date with the com­pany on so­cial me­dia @JoburgBal­let or on­line at www.joburgbal­let.com.

Joburg Bal­let mem­bers of the com­pany in Fire & Ice PHO­TOS Lauge Sorensen

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