We all love the age-old classic fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty, and now Joburg audiences can fall under the spell of Joburg Ballet’s romantic classic features two international guests artists and also the famed Joburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) as well!
So, Sleeping Beauty is a classic fairytale of evil defeated and love triumphant, and Joburg Ballet opens its 2019 season with a new production, staged by former British ballerina Maina Gielgud, from Friday 29 March to Sunday 7 April at Joburg Theatre.
Through an evil spell cast by the wicked fairy Carabosse, Princess Aurora pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep for 100 years, but it takes just one kiss from her Prince to guarantee a happy-ever-after ending for this bewitching ballet.
The Sleeping Beauty returns to Joburg Ballet’s repertoire after an absence of eight years, produced for the company by Maina Gielgud. After a glittering career as a dancer in the UK and Europe, Gielgud became artistic director of The Australian Ballet followed by The Royal Danish Ballet. She is now a renowned producer, teacher and coach worldwide.
Joburg Ballet will be joined by Anaïs Chalendard, principal dancer with Boston Ballet and Florimond Lorieux, soloist with Paris Opera Ballet, for several performances during the season; full performance casting will be announced at a later date.
Opening Night tickets on Friday, 29 March are Half Price and all seats for the 11h00 performances on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April are just R100 each.
Artistic director Iain MacDonald said: “It’s a tremendous privilege for Joburg Ballet to have Maina producing The Sleeping Beauty for us.
The JPO will play for all performances except Wednesday 3 April at 11h00, which will be to a recorded score to facilitate filming of The Sleeping Beauty for release on DVD. Book via Joburg Theatre box office on 0861 670 670 or joburgtheatre.com
Tickets range between R 200 – R 475 (excludes above special).
*The Sleeping Beauty is made possible by a grant of R1 468 700.00 from the National Lotteries Commission.