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‘La Traviata – The Ballet’ returns to the Johannesburg stage after five years

After winning the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Production: Dance/Physical Theatre/Ballet for 2020-21, Joburg Ballet is in rehearsal for celebrated choreographer Veronica Paeper’s La Traviata – The Ballet.

Last staged in Johannesburg in 2017, La Traviata – The Ballet will be presented for eight performances at the Joburg Theatre from 1 to 10 July.

Cape Town-based Paeper is South Africa’s leading choreographer working in the classical style. She has created an extensive repertoire of ballets and is particularly admired for her full-length story ballets, among which La Traviata – The Ballet is one of her most popular works.

Originally created in Cape Town in 1990, La Traviata – The Ballet is based on the 19th century story of the Lady of the Camellias.

A deeply moving portrait of a woman who sacrifices all for the man she loves, the ballet is set to the unforgettable music of Verdi’s opera La Traviata, arranged and adapted for the ballet by composer and conductor Allan Stephenson. 

In addition to performances in South Africa, La Traviata – The Ballet has been presented in the UK where critics found it to be ‘outstanding’, ‘graceful, passionate and ravishingly romantic’ and ‘an utterly compelling production’.

Shannon Glover, Revil Yon, Nicole Ferreira-Dill, Armando Barros, Monike Cristina, Ruan Galdino and Cristina Nakos will all take up the roles of Camille and Armand over the course of the ballet’s run. All of the dancers will also be making role debuts, with the exception of Glover who danced the role of Camille in 2017. This season marks Glover’s first performances since the birth of her daughter last year.

Commenting on the return of La Traviata – The Ballet to the Johannesburg stage, Joburg Ballet artistic director Iain MacDonald said:

‘We are delighted to be able to give our audiences the opportunity to see this magnificent ballet after an absence of five years and privileged that Veronica is in Johannesburg to restage one of her finest works.’

La Traviata – The Ballet will take place at Joburg Theatre from 1 to 10 July 2022. Tickets are available online at

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