Dance Review: Joburg Ballet – Fire And Ice, Or Hungarian Meets Herculean


Bruce Dennill

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Joburg Ballet: Fire And Ice / Artistic Director: Iain Macdonald / Mandela, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg          6.5


The further development of Joburg Ballet as a company happy to expand their repertoire and experiment along the way continues apace with this half-and-half combination of classical ballet and original contemporary dance. The show is well named in terms of the mood and tone of its different facets, with Act One comprising the third act of Raymonda – essentially the multi-faceted celebration of a wedding – and Act Two being the epic, large-scale edginess of Whispers Of My Soul, a work by notable Paris-based choreographer Redha, who is premiering this work in Johannesburg.

Raymonda Act Three also received its Johannesburg debut, directed by Brazilian ballet producer Guivalde de Almeida and, though it has all the appeal of classical ballets better known to South African audiences, it is also obviously different in the…

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