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Joburg Ballet hosts major international ballet stars

Joburg Ballet will host two of the world’s major international ballet stars when Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov, principals of The Royal Ballet, perform the leading roles in the great classical ballet Don Quixote at Joburg Theatre in March 2020.

Joburg Ballet Don Quixote Vadim Muntagirov Basilio Marianela Nunez Kitri
Vadim Muntagirov as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote Photo Andrej Uspenski

Nuñez and Muntagirov will dance in Don Quixote on Friday 20 March at 19:30 and Sunday 22 March at 15:00. The other performances during the ten-performance season, which runs from 13 to 22 March, will feature Joburg Ballet’s own leading dancers.
     Last seen on the Johannesburg stage five years ago, Don Quixote is set in the bustling Spanish seaport of Barcelona. This scintillating classic tells the story of beautiful, audacious Kitri and her love for the dashing but poor barber, Basilio.
     Her father, however, has other plans for his headstrong daughter but in the end, love conquers all in a cascade of classical ballet featuring celebrated showpieces, including the famous Don Quixote Pas de Deux. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be in the orchestra pit to bring to life one of the most sparkling music scores ever created for ballet.
     Cape Town dance lovers will also have the experience of a lifetime when Nuñez and Muntagirov join the full Joburg Ballet company for one unmissable gala performance at the Artscape Opera House on 24 March at 19:30.
     Presented by the South African National Dance Trust and Joburg Ballet, with support from the National Lotteries Commission, the Grand Gala in Cape Town will see The Royal Ballet stars with the dancers of Joburg Ballet in an array of dazzling classical ballet highlights.

Joburg Ballet Don Quixote Vadim Muntagirov Basilio Marianela Nunez Kitri
Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote Photo Andrej Uspenski

Commenting on the visit by Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov, Joburg Ballet CEO Esther Nasser says: ‘It is a tremendous coup for Joburg Ballet to have engaged Ms Nuñez and Mr Muntagirov as guest artists for what seems set to be one of the most thrilling events on the South African ballet calendar in recent years.’
     Artistic director Iain MacDonald adds: ‘We look forward to welcoming Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov to Joburg Ballet. It will be an exciting experience not only for our audiences but also for our dancers who will be sharing the stage with Marianela and Vadim.’
     Marianela Nuñez has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory and has won many awards, including Best Female Dancer at the 2005 and 2012 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards and the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. She has appeared as a guest artist with companies including the Vienna State Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala Milan and the Australian Ballet, with many of her performances captured on DVD.
     Russian-born Vadim Muntagirov has an extensive repertoire, including the roles of Basilio (Don Quixote), Albrecht (Giselle), Siegfried (Swan Lake), Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker), Don José (Carmen) and Romeo (Romeo and Juliet). As a guest artist, he has danced with such companies as the Paris Opera Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Japan. South African audiences saw Muntagirov in August 2019 when he was a guest artist in The Sleeping Beauty with Cape Town City Ballet.

Joburg Ballet Don Quixote Vadim Muntagirov Basilio Marianela Nunez Kitri
Vadim Muntagirov as Basilio Photo Andrej Uspenski

BOOKING INFORMATION
Don Quixote at Joburg Theatre runs from 13 to 22 March 2020 and tickets range from R110 to R523. Early Bird 30% discounts are applicable to certain performances booked before 27 January. Book now at Joburg Theatre Box Office; or tel. 0861 670 670; or online at www.joburgtheatre.com or www.webtickets.co.za
     Grand Gala at Artscape, Cape Town, is on 24 March at 19:30. Tickets range from R150 to R450 and are on sale through Computicket outlets and online or through 0861 915 8000 and 021 421 7695.

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