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Creative team announced for Big City, Big Dreams

Big City, Big Dreams
Joburg Ballet, Vuyani and MIDM – Big City, Big Dreams company members. Photo: Lauge Sorensen.

Joburg Ballet has joined forces with two other leading South African dance companies – Vuyani Dance Theatre and Moving Into Dance Mophatong – for Big City, Big Dreams, a major new production which will première on Friday 28 July at Joburg Theatre for a run of ten performances.

Free student seats at all performances. Celebrated SA stage director Fiona Ramsay is working with an award-winning creative team to develop a new dance work inspired by the dynamic energy and pulse of Johannesburg – big dreams set against the backdrop of South Africa’s biggest city. It’s teamwork all the way in the creative process for Big City, Big Dreams, with Ramsay and choreographers Shannon Glover (Joburg Ballet), Lulu Mlangeni (VDT) and Sunnyboy Motau (MIDM) telling the story of a young man who steps confidently onto the first steps of the Joburg corporate ladder, only to discover an unexpected and fascinating new window to the world of dance opening before him. Unfolding in scenes showcasing the exhilaration of SA dance, Big City, Big Dreams fuses styles from classical ballet to contemporary and street dance, combining high-powered technique with vibrant emotion, set to an original score by composer Nik Sakellarides. The stage settings and lighting flow from the creative mind of Wilhelm Disbergen, while the dancers will be dressed in sleek urban clothes by costume designer Noluthando Moropa.

The public has the opportunity to see behind the scenes on the creative process for Big City, Big Dreams during the Open Day on Saturday 15 July from 10:00 to 13:00 at Joburg Ballet Studios. The morning will include classes and rehearsals, plus an introduction to this world première production from members of the creative team. Tickets are R100 and include refreshments. To book, call Edgar Moagi on 011-877 6898 or email Attractive ticket offers include Half Price Opening Night on Friday 28 July (all tickets 50% off), Saturday Night Special on Saturday 29 July (all tickets 20% off) and Morning Matinees on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 August (all tickets R80). For all other performances, Standard Prices (R180 – R450) apply except for Pensioners (less 15%) and Group Bookings (less 10%). Booking is at Joburg Theatre Box Office, or phone 0861 670 670, or at

New to Joburg Ballet’s special booking offers for Big City, Big Dreams are free tickets for tertiary level learners. Students can simply present a valid student card from a tertiary education institution in person at Joburg Theatre box office before any performance to claim two free best-available tickets for Big City, Big Dreams (subject to availability on the day). Keep up to date with the company on our social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or online at

Big City, Big Dreams
Joburg Ballet principal dancer and choreographer Shannon Glover in Big City, Big Dreams. Photo: Lauge Sorensen.

Big City, Big Dreams: Booking info

Dates, Times, Prices:

  • Fri 28 July at 19:30 – Half Price: R90, R125, R170, R195, R225
  • Sat 29 July at 19:30 – Saturday Night Special 20% off: R144, R200, R272, R312, R360
  • Sat 29 July, Sun 30 July, Fri 4 Aug, Sat 5 Aug, Sun 6 Aug at 15:00, at 19:30 – R180, R250, R340, R390, R450
  • Tue 1 Aug & Wed 2 Aug at 11:00 – All tickets R80
  • All performances – Two Free Student Tickets on presentation of a valid tertiary education student card at the box office prior to any performance.

Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)

Book now: At Joburg Theatre Box Office; or tel. 0861 670 670; or online at

Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at

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