Dazzling Don Quixote at Joburg Theatre in MarchJoburg Theatre
South African Mzansi Ballet’s first major production for 2013 kicks off in spectacular style with the company’s full-length classical showpiece, Don Quixote.
It opens at the Joburg Theatre on Friday 8 March. The 12-performance season runs through to Sunday 24 March.
Acclaimed as one of the great 19th century Russian ballet classics, the scintillating Don Quixote is set in bustling Barcelona and tells a story of the triumph of young love over parental match-making. The beautiful, audacious Kitri and the dashing but poor Basilio are determined to marry but Kitri’s father has more ambitious plans for his daughter.
The sparkling comedy unfolds in a cascade of classical ballet featuring some of the most celebrated showpieces in all ballet, the most famous of which is the virtuoso Don Quixote Pas de Deux.
Casting for the leading roles features leading South African-based dancers as well as guest artists, among them young American star Michaela DePrince who won the hearts of SA audiences on her visit to Johannesburg in 2012 for SA Mzansi Ballet’s Le Corsaire.
Other guest artists are Australian Aaron Smyth, a favourite with SA audiences following previous Johannesburg appearances, and The Washington Ballet’s Brooklyn Mack who wowed audiences at the International Ballet Gala at Montecasino in 2011. Mr Mack will be making his first SA appearances in a full-length classic with Don Quixote.
Also returning to SA are five Cuban dancers who bring their unique brand of virtuosity to Don Quixote, a ballet with which Cuban dancers have a particular affinity.
The full casting line-up, subject to change, features Michaela DePrince, Shannon Glover, Sanmarie Kreuzhuber, Angela Maree and Burnise Silvius in the ballerina role of Kitri; and Luis de Castro, Randol Figueredo, Brooklyn Mack, Javier Monier, Michael Revie, Jonathan Rodrigues and Aaron Smyth in the male lead of Basilio.
Miss Kreuzhuber and Mr Mack are scheduled to dance the opening night performance on Friday 8 March; casting for the subsequence performances will be announced shortly.
FAST FACTS FOR DON QUIXOTE
Where: The Mandela at Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
When: 8 to 24 March 2013; full roster of performances below
Open Day: Sat 16 Feb; 10am-1pm; R90; Book 011-877 firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking: At the Joburg Theatre; 0861 670 670; www.joburgtheatre.com
Tickets: R100 to R336
Discounts: 10% discount on bookings of 10 tickets or more
15% discount on presentation of valid pensioner’s card
20% discount for members of Friends of the Ballet
Half Price in all categories for children aged 4 to 7 (except Tuesday 12 March at 11am)
School Performance: (Tuesday 12 March at 11am): R50 throughout
Special Offer: Buy at least two tickets for Don Quixote in March and receive a voucher which will give you 20% off when you book your tickets for Cinderella in September. To be eligible for the Cinderella 20% discount you must buy at least two tickets for Don Quixote but as many discounted Cinderella tickets as you wish.
Don Quixote: Dates and Times (Subject to change; performance casting to be announced)
Friday 8 March at 19h30 (R100 throughout)
Saturday 9 March at 15h00
Saturday 9 March at 19h30
Sunday 10 March at 15h00
Tuesday 12 March at 11h00 (School Performance: all tickets R50)
Friday 15 March at 19h30
Saturday 16 March at 15h00
Saturday 16 March at 19h30
Sunday 17 March at 15h00
Friday 22 March at 19h30
Saturday 23 March at 15h00
Sunday 24 March at 15h00
South African Mzansi Ballet is under a Joint Venture Management Committee drawn from the Boards of The South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions.
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Joburg Theatre Complex, Loveday Street Braamfontein Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa