Dazzling ballet classic returns to the Johannesburg stage

The 2020 ballet year will be off to a rollicking start from 13 to 22 March when the sparkling classical ballet Don Quixote returns to the Joburg Theatre in Joburg Ballet’s first major production of the year.

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.

For two of the performances during the 10-performance season in March, 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 during the 10-performance season, which runs from 13 to 22 March, will feature three couples drawn from Joburg Ballet’s own leading dancers. Announced so far are the company’s two principal dancers, Shannon Glover and Claudia Monja who will be partnered by Ruan Galdino and Gabriel Fernandes respectively. The names of the third Joburg Ballet cast are still to be announced as are the specific dates for the Joburg Ballet-led performances.

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.

Dates, Times, Prices:
Fri 13 Mar at 19:30 (JB dancers in the leading roles) – Half Price: R110, R152, R207, R226, R262
Sat 14 Mar, Sat 21 Mar at 19:30; Sat 14 Mar, Sun 15 Mar, Sat 21 Mar at 15:00 (JB dancers in the leading roles) – Early Bird Prices until Sun 26 Jan: R154, R212, R289, R316, R366; Standard Prices from Mon 27 Jan: R220, R303, R413, R451, R523
Tue 17 Mar & Wed 18 Mar at 11:00 (JB dancers in the leading roles) – All tickets R110
Fri 20 Mar at 19:30 & Sun 22 Mar at 15:00 (Nuñez & Muntagirov in the leading roles) — R220, R303, R413, R451, R523
Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)
Book now: At Joburg Theatre Box Office; or tel. 0861 670 670; or online at www.joburgtheatre.com or www.webtickets.co.za
Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores.

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