Joburg Ballet has announced a starry line-up of dancers for the leading roles in Don Quixote when the sparkling classic returns to the Joburg Theatre for ten performances from 13 to 22 March.
For two of the performances during the 10-performance season, Joburg Ballet will host major international ballet stars Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov of The Royal Ballet in the leading roles. Nuñez and Muntagirov will dance on Friday 20 March at 19:30 and Sunday 22 March at 15:00.
The other eight performances will feature four couples drawn from Joburg Ballet’s own leading dancers and feature Shannon Glover and Ruan Galdino (Fri 13 Mar at 19:30; Sun 15 Mar at 15:00; Wed 18 Mar at 11:00), Claudia Monja and Gabriel Fernandes (Sat 14 Mar at 15:00; Tue 17 Mar at 11:00), Monike Cristina and Ivan Domiciano (Sat 14 Mar at 19:30; Sat 21 Mar at 15:00) and Shana Dewey and Mario Gaglione (Sat 21 Mar at 19h30).
Last seen on the Johannesburg stage five years ago, Don Quixote is set in the bustling Spanish seaport of Barcelona and tells the story of beautiful, audacious Kitri and her love for the dashing but poor barber, Basilio.
Her father, however, has more ambitious plans for his headstrong daughter, hoping to marry her off to a wealthy but foppish suitor. But in the end, love conquers all in a cascade of classical ballet featuring celebrated showpieces, including the famous Don Quixote Pas de Deux. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be in the orchestra pit to bring to life one of the most sparkling music scores ever created for ballet. The orchestra will be conducted by Eddie Clayton.
Joburg Ballet offers affordable ticket options for Don Quixote, including 50%-off on Opening Night, a 30% Early Bird discount on selected performances, two budget-priced Morning Matinees with all seats just R110, and discounts for pensioners and groups.
Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein
Book now: 0861 670 670; or online at www.joburgtheatre.com