The 2023 ballet year opens at the Joburg Theatre on 17 March with Dialogues, a trio of ballets new to the company’s mainstream repertoire.
Following the success of her Table for Two for Joburg Ballet RAW in 2021, dancer Chloé Blair has been invited to expand the piece for the Dialogues season.
Rosie Wilkens of Vuyani Dance Theatre will also create a new work – her first for Joburg Ballet – entitled Identity while, in a first for South Africa, company dancer Bruno Miranda will stage the Grand Pas from the 1896 ballet, Bluebeard, a glittering showcase for dancing in ballet’s finest classical tradition.
Dialogues will run from Friday 17 March to Sunday 26 March.
What’s to come
For the rest of 2023, Joburg Ballet presents a bumper line-up including three full-length ballets. On Friday 30 June, Joburg Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet will return to the Joburg Theatre stage for the first time in seven years. Dancers from Vuyani Dance Theatre will join forces with Joburg Ballet in performances of this immortal love story.
In July, Joburg Ballet will visit Cape Town to perform SA choreographer Veronica Paeper’s La Traviata – The Ballet at the Baxter Theatre. Joburg Ballet presented an acclaimed season of the ballet in Johannesburg in 2022 and the visit to the Baxter Theatre will allow Cape Town audiences to see the full Joburg Ballet company for the first time.
Joburg Ballet’s fourth season for 2023 will feature the full-length Don Quixote at the Joburg Theatre from Friday 29 October. In presenting Joburg Ballet’s sizzling production of this comedy ballet classic this year, the company will be bringing back to the stage the ballet that had to be cancelled after just four performances in 2020 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2023 Joburg Ballet seasons at a glance:
Dialogues (Joburg Theatre): Friday 17 March – Sunday 26 March
Romeo and Juliet (Joburg Theatre): Friday 30 June – Sunday 9 July
La Traviata – The Ballet (Baxter Theatre, Cape Town): Wednesday 26 July – Saturday 29 July
Don Quixote (Joburg Theatre): Friday 29 September – Sunday 8 October