Three SA dance companies collaborate on major new ballet

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Joburg Ballet's Claudia Monja & Mahlatse Sachane in Big City, Big Dreams. Photo Lauge Sorensen
Joburg Ballet’s Claudia Monja & Mahlatse Sachane in Big City, Big Dreams. Photo Lauge Sorensen

Joburg Ballet will collaborate with two other leading South African dance companies – Moving Into Dance Mophatong and Vuyani Dance Theatre – on a major new production opening on Friday 28 July 2017 when Big City, Big Dreams has its world premiere at Joburg Theatre.

Celebrated actress and director Fiona Ramsay is working with a creative team drawn from the three companies to develop a ballet inspired by the dynamic energy and pulse of Johannesburg – big dreams set against the backdrop of South Africa’s biggest city.

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It’s teamwork all the way in the creative process for Big City, Big Dreams, with director Ramsay and local choreographers telling the story of a young man who steps confidently onto the first steps of the Joburg corporate ladder, only to discover an unexpected and fascinating new window into the world of dance opening before him.

Kwazi Madlala (Vuyani Dance Theatre) & Claudia Monja (Joburg Ballet), Big City, Big Dreams. Photo Lauge Sorensen
Kwazi Madlala (Vuyani Dance Theatre) & Claudia Monja (Joburg Ballet), Big City, Big Dreams. Photo Lauge Sorensen

Unfolding in scenes that showcase the exhilaration of South African dance, Big City, Big Dreams fuses styles, from classical ballet to contemporary and street dance, combining high-powered technique with vibrant emotion.

Early Bird booking for Big City, Big Dreams is now open, offering a 30% discount on all seats for all performances except Opening Night (Friday 28 July; all tickets 50% off), and Midweek Matinees (all tickets R80). Early Bird booking ends on 5 June, after which standard ticket prices will apply.

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