Joburg Ballet Brings Snow White to Montecasino

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After a triumphant début season at The Teatro, Montecasino in December, Joburg Ballet returns to the popular venue with its sparkling production of Snow White – The Ballet from Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June, for five performances only.

Joburg Ballet presents Snow White. Photo by Bill Zurich
Joburg Ballet presents Snow White. Photo by Bill Zurich

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairytale of a girl whose beauty drives an evil queen to vengeance, Joburg Ballet’s artistic director Iain MacDonald has choreographed a lyrical ballet, with music by the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, which has all the hallmarks audiences expect from the company: superb dancing, captivating theatre and enchanting settings.

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With Snow White – The Ballet, MacDonald turned to a famous fairytale, as he did with Cinderella which was such a critical and box office hit at The Teatro in December.

Snow White is a perfect fairytale to adapt into classical ballet, a story with romance, comedy and drama in equal measure,” said MacDonald. “It also offers wonderful opportunities to showcase the wealth of talent Joburg Ballet offers, in both classical and character roles.

Sanmarie Kreuzhuber in SNOW WHITE by Joburg Ballet. Photo by Bill Zurich
Sanmarie Kreuzhuber in SNOW WHITE by Joburg Ballet. Photo by Bill Zurich

“I’m delighted to be using the richly melodic and evocative music of Shostakovich and to have discovered just how perfectly suited his work is for ballet. The sets are by Andrew Botha, a stage designer with an impressive gift for transporting audiences to magical new worlds.”

The casting for Snow White – The Ballet will feature Nicole Ferreira-Dill and Shana Dewey alternating in the title role, and Leusson Muniz and Ruan Galdino alternating as the Prince. Ferreira-Dill and Muniz dance on Thursday 30 May at 20:00, Saturday 1 June at 14:00, and Sunday 2 June at 15:00; Dewey and Galdino dance on Friday 31 May at 20:00 and Saturday 1 June at 20:00.

Nicole Ferreira-Dill in SNOW WHITE by Joburg Ballet. Photo by Bill Zurich
Nicole Ferreira-Dill in SNOW WHITE by Joburg Ballet. Photo by Bill Zurich

On Saturday 18 May from 10:00 to 13:00 at the Joburg Ballet studios at Joburg Theatre, the ballet company offers a glimpse into its working life as the dancers prepare for Snow White – The Ballet. The public has the chance to watch a ballet class, meet the creative team and see the company rehearse extracts from the ballet. Tickets are R120 and include refreshments. Booking is via Edgar Moagi on 011-877 6898 or email at edgar@joburgballet.com.

Booking for Snow White – The Ballet is now open at www.computicket.com / 0861 915 8000.

Keep up to date with the company on its social media platforms: Facebook.com/joburgballetcompany, Instagram.com/joburgballet, @JoburgBallet #SnowWhite or online at www.joburgballet.com

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