South African Mzansi Ballet announces plans for 2013
The founding of a new ballet company is a historic event and with the establishment in 2012 of the South African Mzansi Ballet (SAMB) this has been a landmark year for the entire SA ballet community.
Highlight of 2012 was the first SA production of the classic, Le Corsaire, at the Joburg Theatre in July. For this handsome staging, SAMB was augmented by additional dancers and the cast of almost 100 made Le Corsaire a ballet in the grand tradition. SAMB stars shared the stage with guest artists from Australia, Canada and the USA as well as South Africans dancing with companies abroad.
South African Mzansi Ballet SCHEDULE TO 2013 INCLUDES (Subject to change):
• The first Joburg Theatre performances in almost two decades of the scintillating classic Don Quixote in March. For Don Quixote SAMB welcomes guest artists Michaela DePrince, Ekaterina Khanyukova and Brooklyn Mack. Ms DePrince returns following her spectacular visit for Le Corsaire in 2012. Booking is at the Joburg Theatre, and 0861 670 670.
• A brand new Cinderella choreographed by artistic director Iain MacDonald at the Joburg Theatre in September, not to Prokofiev’s familiar music but to waltz king Johann Strauss’ only ballet score, a lush, lilting accompaniment to the rags-to-riches fairytale. Booking is at the Joburg Theatre, and 0861 670 670.
• The Nutcracker at the South African State Theatre, Pretoria. Booking is at Computicket, 0861 915 8000.
• And several other seasons, performances and events as outlined in the schedule below.
ADDITIONAL PLANS FOR 2013 (subject to change):
Jan 19,20 Viennese Ball, Linder Auditorium, Parktown Johannesburg
Feb 14 Valentine’s Day Event, Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg
Feb 16 Don Quixote Open Day, SAMB Studios
Mar 8-24 Don Quixote, Joburg Theatre
May 17,18 Val Whyte Bursary, Promusica Theatre, Roodepoort
Jul 1-6 Winter School, SAMB Studios
Aug 31 Cinderella/Celebration 5 Open Day, SAMB
Sep 13-29 Cinderella, Joburg Theatre
Sep 20,21,28 Celebration 5, Joburg Theatre
Nov 22–Dec 1 The Nutcracker, South African State Theatre, Pretoria