Le Corsaire full performance casting announcedJoburg Theatre
US ballet star Michaela DePrince heads for SA to dance in the classical Le Corsaire ballet at the Joburg Theatre.
Rising US ballet star Michaela DePrince arrives in Johannesburg on Saturday 7 July to dance in the SA premiere of the classical ballet, Le Corsaire, opening for a short season at the Joburg Theatre on Thursday 19 July. Le Corsaire is the first production from the ballet company being established by the merger of The South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions.
One of the great 19th century ballet classics, Le Corsaire is a treasure of classical showpieces, an exotic tale of love set to a sparkling score and glowing with classical ballet at its most irresistible. SABT and Mzansi Productions receive funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund which has contributed to making this production possible.
Michaela DePrince dances one of the leading roles in Le Corsaire at the ballet’s SA premiere on Thursday 19 July at 7.30pm. She is scheduled to dance further performances on Friday 20 July at 7.30pm and Sunday 22 July at 3pm. Ahead of her arrival in SA, Ms DePrince is rehearsing for Le Corsaire with distinguished SA-born, New York-based ballet teacher, Charla Genn.
Michaela DePrince was born in Sierra Leone 17 years ago where her parents were victims of the west African country’s civil war, leaving Michaela orphaned at the age of three. Further alienated from her community by a skin disorder, her future was bleak until two events changed her life. She found a tattered picture of a ballerina in a magazine and young as she was and unknown as ballet was to her, she became obsessed with the idea of becoming the ballerina in the photograph.
When she was four, Michaela was adopted by an American family and taken to the US. She started ballet lessons and soon showed exceptional talent; now, at 17, after winning prestigious accolades, she is about to join Dance Theatre of Harlem In New York, one of America’s best known ballet companies.
Ms DePrince is also showcased in the full-length documentary film, First Position, which follows the lives of young dancers as they participate in Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest ballet competition. First Position will screened for the public at the Joburg Theatre on Sunday 22 July at 11am. Ms DePrince will attend the screening to talk about her participation in the film. The trailer may be viewed www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiPFKDFZuRM
PERFORMANCE CASTING FOR LE CORSAIRE (Subject to change)
Thu 19 July 7.30pm Burnise Silvius, Michael Revie, Michaela DePrince, Andile Ndlovu, Monier Jouve
Fri 20 July 7.30pm Burnise Silvius, Michael Revie, Michaela DePrince, Andile Ndlovu, Monier Jouve
Sat 21 July 3pm Angela Malan, Jonathan Rodrigues, Anya Carstens, Nelson Nunez, Ramiro Samon
Sat 21 July 7.30pm Shannon Glover, Ramiro Samon, Angela Maree, Humberto Montero, Randol Figueredo
Sun 22 July at 11am SA premiere screening of documentary ballet film, First Position
Sun 22 July 3pm Burnise Silvius, Michael Revie, Michaela DePrince, Andile Ndlovu, Luisito de Castro
Tue 24 July 11am Shannon Glover, Ramiro Samon, Sanmarie Kreuzhuber, Nelson Nunez, Randol Figueredo
Fri 27 July 7.30pm Angela Malan, Jonathan Rodrigues, Angela Maree, Humberto Montero, Aaron Smyth
Sat 28 July 3pm Alys Shee, Ramiro Samon, Anya Carstens, Admill Kuyler, Andile Ndlovu
Sat 28 July 7.30pm Angela Maree, Monier Jouve, Burnise Silvius, James Fraser, Luis de Castro
Sun 29 July 3pm Alys Shee, Ramiro Samon, Anya Carstens, Admill Kuyler, Aaron Smyth
Where: Joburg Theatre, Loveday Street, Braamfontein
Bookings: 0861 670 670 or www.joburgtheatre.com
Price: From R180
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The South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions receive funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
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Joburg Theatre Complex, Loveday Street Braamfontein Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa