This month will see Joburg Ballet in live performances at the company’s studios at the Joburg Theatre when the company presents JOBURG BALLET RAW: A Showcase for New Choreography on 20 and 21 March.
As part of Joburg Ballet’s nurturing of choreographic talent, four new ballets created by dancers in the company will showcase the work of Armando Barros (Omega 3), Ruan Galdino (We Pray), Tumelo Lekana (Legae), and Thabang Mabaso (Le Roux Variations).
Joburg Ballet has invited established choreographers – Oscar Buthelezi, Dada Masilo, and Lulu Mlangeni – to engage with the audience and the four aspiring choreographers to explore the creative process.
Commenting on JOBURG BALLET RAW, Joburg Ballet artistic director Iain MacDonald said: “Choreography is a creative process that cannot be done in isolation, like writing or painting. The choreographer’s instrument is the dancer’s body and to put dancers into the creative hands of aspiring choreographers is the idea behind this project. The purpose is to provide choreographers with a platform to create new works where the audience has the opportunity to interact with the process.
“The brief I gave the choreographers was to create pieces using the dancers of Joburg Ballet to shape works inspired by issues such as gender, COVID-19 and what motivates them as dancers to move. To enhance the value of this experience for both choreographers and audiences, the performances will be followed by interactions between the creators and consumers in the form of question and answer sessions.”
Saturday 20 March at 14:00 and 17:00; Sunday 21 March at 11:00 and 14:00
Venue: Joburg Ballet Studios, Joburg Theatre, 26 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Parking: National School of the Arts, 17 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Booking remotely (preferred)
Via Edgar Moagi on 011-877 6898 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment method: Online via EFT
Booking in person
At the door, depending on availability
Payment method: Cash (if possible, please have the exact amount)
A COVID-19 compliance officer will be in attendance.
The seating capacity of the Studio will be reduced by half and social distancing will be applied.
The Studio will be sanitized before each performance.
Sanitizer will be provided at the Studio entrance; hands and shoes will be sprayed.
Patrons will have temperatures taken.
Patrons will be required to sign in.
Patrons will be required to wear masks.
Dancers: may be masked in certain sections.
There will be no interval.
No refreshments will be available other than bottled water.
Payment online in advance preferred.
There will be one entrance and exit only.