On Thursday 14 June, Joburg Ballet will partner with the Johannesburg West District of the Gauteng Department of Education and a number of local schools to celebrate Youth Day, ahead of the national public holiday on 16 June. This year Youth Day marks the centenary of two of South Africa’s most iconic personalities, Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, who were both born in 1918. Joburg Ballet’s special celebration will take place at the Albertina Sisulu Centre, Orlando West, Soweto, from 11:00am to 1:00pm and members of the public are welcome to attend free of charge.
Bringing the joy and excitement of dance to children from previously disadvantaged communities who may never have experienced the thrill of a live performance before, Joburg Ballet will present a number of highlights including Street Variation performed by Mahlatse Sachane and The Dying Swan performed by Shana Dewey and Savannah Ireland. The programme will also include Game of Thrones and Rain Dance, two new short works created as part of the company’s Breaking Ballet initiative in collaboration with TBWA Hunt Lascaris, which has seen eight short films created with Joburg Ballet dancers around trending news stories over the past year.
Bringing an extra dimension to the event will be the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, which will add a range of wonderful live music. In addition, learners from Joburg Ballet School will perform to the song ‘Tomorrow’ from the musical Annie.
Among the schools participating are Sapebuso Primary School, Sivelile Primary School, Mayibuya Primary School and Khindlimukani Junior Secondary School, who will contribute musical items, poetry and story-telling to the programme.
Joburg Ballet’s next season at Joburg Theatre from 29 June to 8 July will be a double bill, Fire and Ice, featuring two ballets, the classical Raymonda Act 3 and a brand new contemporary work, Whispers Of My Soul, by acclaimed French choreographer Redha.
To help further celebrate Youth Month and as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to audience development, Joburg Ballet is offering free student tickets for Fire and Ice to all tertiary level learners. Students simply present a valid student card in person at Joburg Theatre box office before any performance to claim two free best-available tickets (subject to availability).