National Ballet of Cuba cancels SA TourDIVA PR
The National Ballet of Cuba's tour to SA, scheduled to begin in Johannesburg next week, has been cancelled.
Dirk Badenhorst, Director of Mzansi Productions, announced in Johannesburg today that the National Ballet of Cuba has cancelled its planned South African tour which was due to open at the Teatro, Montecasino, Johannesburg, on Thursday 30 August. Following the Johannesburg season, further performances were scheduled in Cape Town and other SA cities. The SA Government funded tour was being produced and facilitated by Mzansi Productions.
In announcing the cancellation of the National Ballet of Cuba’s highly anticipated first SA tour, Dirk Badenhorst said the National Ballet of Cuba took the decision last night to cancel the tour after the SA Government’s ongoing delays in the payment of the funding required to secure and arrange the tour and in providing assistance with the logistical details required for the tour.
Plans for this year’s National Ballet of Cuba tour to South Africa, in which the SA Government requested to play a central role in line with South Africa’s longstanding close historical ties with Cuba during the years of South Africa’s struggle for democracy, started between the National Ballet of Cuba and South Africa in 2010.
Dirk Badenhorst, who has piloted and propelled South Africa’s growing cultural ties with Cuba since 2008, particularly in the area of ballet and dance in which Cuba is internationally acclaimed as one of the leading countries of the world, expressed deep disappointment at the cancellation of the tour.
“The cancellation of the National Ballet of Cuba’s tour to South Africa,” said Dirk Badenhorst, “is a sad blow for our country as it would have marked the culmination of four years of hard work between Cuba and myself and would have given South Africans the opportunity to experience the brilliance of one of the world’s major ballet companies.”
Dirk Badenhorst did, however, add that while the 2012 tour has been cancelled, the National Ballet of Cuba has indicated its willingness to reschedule a South African tour at some time in the future.
He concluded by saying that the inconvenience and disappointment caused to patrons by the cancellation is deeply regretted. Ticket holders may return their tickets to Computicket for a refund; Computicket will also endeavour to contact all ticket holders by phone or e-mail to explain the refund process.
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