The Geneva Ballet debuts at Joburg Theatre

The world-renowned Geneva Ballet (Grand Théâtre de Genève), under the direction of Philippe Cohen, opens on June 17 with Roméo & Juliette at The Mandela, Joburg Theatre and runs to June 21 2015.

During its Johannesburg season the company will celebrate the anniversary of the 100th performance of this production of Roméo & Juliette.

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Established in Switzerland at the start of the 19th Century, the Geneva Ballet is known for its rich repertoire of neo-classical and contemporary dance styles featuring highly skilled classically trained dancers and top choreographers.

Joëlle Bouvier, one of several guest choreographers invited by the Geneva Ballet to enrich its repertoire, has with this production of Roméo & Juliette, re-imagined Shakespeare’s classic tragedy as a contemporary piece, re-visiting the ballet in an inventive way. It is driven musically by the strong, stirring music of the composer Prokofiev.

The elegance of the costumes and the stage decor is offset by the vitality of the fight scenes, as the 22-dancer strong company creates a dynamic energy and an eye-catching aesthetic.

As a major component of its two-week visit to Johannesburg, the Geneva Ballet company, with a focus on choreography in a variety of forms and expression, will be involved in a collaborative project with South African choreographers and dancers. This unique project will involve four local choreographers, Gregory Maqoma, Mamela Nyamza, PJ Sabbagha and Fana Tshabalala with Nathanaël Marie from the Geneva Ballet and will take place at the Soweto Theatre, the Dance Space in Newtown, University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture and at the Hillbrow Theatre from June 8 to 14. The creative result of this collaboration will be showcased in partnership at the Soweto and Wits Theatres on June 13 and 14 respectively.

The Geneva Ballet Johannesburg 2015 visit has been made possible thanks to the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. The Johannesburg season is as a result of the close collaboration between the Joburg Theatre and Geneva Ballet and with further support from the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa and the collaborative effort of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in South Africa.

Roméo & Juliette tickets from R180 to R350 are on sale via the Joburg Theatre website www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670. Discounted rates for groups of ten or more are available by calling 011 877 6853.

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