Theatre Review: Joburg Ballet And Friends – A Dazzling Gala: Ambition And Arabesques, Or A Collaboration In The Right Direction


Bruce Dennill

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Joburg Ballet And Friends – A Dazzling Gala / Creative concept: Samantha Peo / Teatro, Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg              7

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Put together as a vehicle to facilitate the introduction of Joburg Ballet to a wider audience, this one-off gala event brought together an exciting array of talent. The ballet company has long been obliged to spend the bulk of their performance time on stage at the Joburg Theatre as part of their funding arrangement with the City of Joburg – which is fair enough. But this collaboration means that the vision (shared by Joburg Ballet’s administrators and their many fans and supporters) to make a larger proportion of the city feel that they have a stake in the company is moved forward significantly.

Performing in a different geographical area is only part of the battle won, however, and the decision here to make the show an ambitious mix of movement and music and solo and ensemble moments was brave but…

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