After a triumphant return to the stage at the Joburg Theatre in April, Joburg Ballet presents the company’s second ballet season of 2021 in the same theatre from 5 to 8 August.

The April performances marked the end of a 13-month absence from the stage for Joburg Ballet and audiences – as eager to return to watching live ballet as the ballet company was to getting back on stage – were treated to a scintillating blend of the new and the classical.

Following the formula that made the April season a popular success, the season at the Joburg Theatre in August, entitled EVOLVE, brings together four ballets, three of them new works created for Joburg Ballet, as well as a glittering showpiece from the classical repertoire.

The new works are:
The Afterlife: Souls, an introspective piece by principal dancer Shannon Glover in which she explores the concept of death as the great equaliser
The Game by Mario Gaglione in which the game of kings has inspired the choreographer to draw parallels between the game of chess and the game of life
Legae, an evocative dance piece by Tumelo Lekana about which the choreographer simply says, “the leaves pray for the roots to heal”

The programme’s classic, the Grand Pas from Paquita, is ballet in the grand manner, providing a showcase for the ballerina, her partner, soloists and corps de ballet to shine in superb classical showpieces. Choreographed in the 19th century by Marius Petipa, creator of The Sleeping Beauty and many other classics, Paquita is being produced for Joburg Ballet by company soloist Ivan Domiciano.

With performances of EVOLVE taking place after the move to Covid Alert Level 2, the 19:30 performances now start at 18:30. Starting times for daytime performances remain unchanged. In addition, the permitted audience size has been reduced from 250 to 100 socially distanced people. All other relevant Covid regulations will be observed at performances.

EVOLVE was originally scheduled for the Joburg Theatre from 1 to 4 July but due to the emergence of a number of Covid-19 cases in the ballet company, the season has been postponed to 5 to 8 August. Members of the public who may already have tickets for the cancelled July performances of EVOLVE will be contacted directly by the Joburg Theatre’s ticketing office to arrange the transfer or refunding of bookings.

Joburg Ballet has also cancelled the In-Studio events scheduled for this weekend, 19 and 20 June. To be refunded, ticket holders are requested to please email the following details to Joburg Ballet’s Financial Accountant at and she will process the refund:

Name and Surname
Banking details
Amount to be refunded (R150 per ticket)

If you have further queries regarding rescheduled or cancelled bookings, please contact:

For EVOLVE: Joburg Theatre Ticket Office on 0861 670 670 or

For In-Studio Events: Edgar Moagi at 011-877 6898 or


Dates and Times:
Thursday 5 August at 18:30 (please note earlier starting time)
Friday 6 August at 18:30 (please note earlier starting time)
Saturday 7 August at 15:00 (no change to starting time)
Saturday 7 August at 18:30 (please note earlier starting time)
Sunday 8 August at 11:00 (no change to starting time)
Sunday 8 August at 15:00 (no change to starting time)

Tickets: R280 (Standard Price); R210 (25% discount for Friends of the Ballet); R100 (Pensioners)

Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)
Book now: At Joburg Theatre Box Office; or tel. 0861 670 670; or online at

Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at

Joburg Ballet in partnership with the Joburg Theatre will observe prevailing Covid-19 regulations. The audience for each performance is restricted to 100; tickets will be sold as unreserved seating and patrons will be seated on arrival at the theatre by the ushers in accordance with social distancing protocols.