Joburg Ballet brings a sparkle and crackle to mid-winter with four sleekly neo-classical ballets at Joburg Theatre from 5 to 14 July. In a glittering collection of works collectively entitled Unbound, the company showcases four riveting ballets, including two world premieres, which are set to ignite the stage with the sweep and surge of 21st century ballet at its best. The two world premieres in Unbound are choreographer Shannon Glover’s I Think, Therefore I Am and choreographer Kitty Phetla’s Wakanda.
For her ballet, Glover, who was recently on a three-week choreographic fellowship at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, is drawing inspiration from French philosopher René Descartes. Kitty Phetla’s Wakanda, an expanded version of the Breaking Ballet episode made for Joburg Ballet’s partnership with branding company TBWA Hunt Lascaris last year, is set in the fictional African country of Wakanda ruled by Black Panther.
Also featured in Unbound is the Johannesburg premiere of Belgian choreographer Kevin Durwael’s Transcendence, a dynamic show-stopper that emerged as the highlight of a ballet gala in Cape Town in which Joburg Ballet took part last November. The fourth work in Unbound is Esther Nasser’s The Angel Trilogy. To music by The Rolling Stones, Chopin and Mozart, it explores ideas of personal energies with vigour and quirky humour.
Joburg Ballet offers a range of affordable ticketing options for Unbound, including half price on opening night, a budget-priced morning matinee with all seats just R100 and discounts for pensioners and groups.
Eight performances only / Dates, Times, Prices:
Fri 5 July at 19:30 – Half Price: R100, R138, R188, R205, R238
Sat 6 July, Fri 12 July at 19:30; Sat 6 July, Sun 7 July, Sat 13 July, Sun 14 July at 15:00 – Standard Prices: R200, R275, R375, R410, R475
Wed 10 July at 11:00 – All tickets R100
Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)