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National School of the Arts: Dance Spectrum

The National School of the Arts stages their annual flagship production, Dance Spectrum this week on The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre.

     A double bill and a trio of dance organisations, including Moving into Dance Mophatong and the Johannesburg Youth Ballet, make up the production, which features an eclectic fusion of choreographic influences including pantsula, hip-hop, Chinese and Indian dance. The show opens with Clara’s Journey, an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Act 2, performed by learners from the National School of the Arts.
     Clara’s Journey begins with a geography classroom daydream and develops into a kaleidoscopic adventure to exotic lands where choreographic surprises await at every destination. One stopover is in China where Clara meets beautiful Chinese dancers and encounters a Chinese dragon.
     The production runs from 10-13 May. Tickets are affordably priced at R100, and special block bookings are available at R80 per ticket.
     Clara’s Journey: NSA learners choreographed by Haydee Baker, Laura Cameron, Gillian Bonegio, Jayd Swart & Manuel Norambuena with guest choreographers Eugene Mashiane (MIDM) and Jayesperi Moopen (Tribhangi Dance Theatre)
     The Ruby Suite: Featuring NSA learners, JYB Company Members and MIDM trainees. Choreographed by Alex le Maitre, Laura Cameron, Mary-Ann Mottram and Mark Hawkins
     Produced by The National School of the Arts in collaboration with Moving Into Dance Mophatong and The Johannesburg Youth Ballet.

Dance Spectrum
Here Tyla Cullerton, who plays Clara, engages the dragon while dancers Tsepang Shumba (left) and Tiseto Bernard (right) look on PHOTO Chris Kritzinger.


  • Thursday 10 May at 19:30
  • Friday 11  May at 11:00 & 19:30
  • Saturday 12 May at 15:00 & 19:30
  • Sunday 13 May at 15:00

Bookings through: or
     School and Block Booking enquiries: Charmaine Stander on or at 011 339 6539 x 208/308.

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