Ballet Review: Joburg Ballet – Cinderella: Compact Classic, Or A Fairytale Focused


Bruce Dennill

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Joburg Ballet: Cinderella / Artistic Director: Iain MacDonald / The Teatro at Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg

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Joburg Ballet, to live up to its company name, needs to reach audiences all around the city, something they manage to some degree with their development programmes in Alexandra and elsewhere while still staging their productions at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, their base as designated by long-standing deals with sponsors including the City of Joburg and others.

Runs like ths one at the Teatro, far to the north of Braamfontein and more easily in reach for audiences from a range of suburbs in the north of Johannesburg as well as ballet fans from Pretoria, offer an opportunity to grow the audience for local ballet talent (as opposed to the occasional Russian or other international touring production) and for the Joburg Ballet company to perform for a crowd comprised less of their stalwart followers – a large and loyal group – than is…

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