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Busting ballet myths one plié at a time

May 10, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Born out of the Italian Renaissance somewhere in the 15th century, ballet is a highly technical form of dance that most people associate with boring classical music and tutus. But it’s way more. Snow White – The Ballet returns to Montecasino this month and here’s why we think you should see it.


Of the people you will see…

We do some of our best “people watching” on occasions like this. Never mind airports, believe us when we tell you that the ballet is a rabbit hole when it comes to dissecting a crowd. Women and men in tights seem to rope in an eccentric and diverse audience. Today’s ballet goers could be old or young, academic or creative – and you’re pretty sure to spot a fascinator or two. If you are the curious type, you’ll be making up stories about all the people for hours.


It’s a spectacle

Say what you want about the ballet, but it really is a celebration of the human form. It’s quite something to see trained, disciplined and brilliant ballet dancers glide and twirl on the stage in unison in magnificent costumes to a sound-track of emotive music underneath dramatic lighting. The power of any tightly choreographed performance (#flash-mob) is mesmerising and hypnotic, to say the least, no matter who you are or where you are from.


For the gees

Gees? At the ballet? Hell yeah! Gees is certainly not reserved for rugby fields and over-crowded bars on the weekend. There is a unique energy and vibe about the ballet that you need to experience for yourself. You can feel an excitement in the air as people get all dressed up and step out for an afternoon or evening that is completely different from their day to day routine. There’s a buzz in the foyer as people arrive in their best, order a drink and wait for that call to take their seats. You have to feel it to believe it.

A little escapism

Rough day? When the curtain rises, you are instantly taken to another word. The theatre is full, the lights dim, and hundreds of eyes look up to a stage set to transport the audience away from the present moment and into the world of the dancers — at least for an hour or two. Dance is a universal language, no matter where it’s performed or who watches it – movement can speak to audiences in a way that all understand. It is a language that will survive as long as the body communicates it.

It’s Snow White FFS! 

Hello grumpy, sleepy and happy! Inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairytale of a girl whose beauty drives an evil queen to vengeance, Joburg Ballet’s artistic director Iain Macdonald has choreographed a lyrical ballet, with music by the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, which has all the hallmarks audiences expect from the company: superb dancing, captivating theatre and an enchanting setting. Don’t miss it!

More details:  

When: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Thursday, 30 May 2019, to Sunday, 2 June 2019.

Venue: Teatro

Times: Thursday & Friday 20h00, Saturday 14h00 & 20h00 and Sunday 15h00

Tickets: R150 to R450 per person

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