Joburg Ballet’s first production of 2017 will be the long-awaited return of celebrated choreographer Veronica Paeper’s La Traviata – The Ballet for ten performances at Joburg Theatre from Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April. The ballet was last performed in Johannesburg in 2008.
Veronica Paeper is SA’s leading choreographer working in the classical style, with an extensive repertoire of ballets for CAPAB Ballet and Cape Town City Ballet to her credit. Paeper is particularly admired for her full-length story ballets, among which La Traviata – The Ballet is one of her most popular works. Originally created in Cape Town in 1990, La Traviata is based on the 19th century story of the Lady of the Camellias. A deeply moving portrait of a woman who sacrifices all for the man she loves, the ballet is set to the unforgettable music of Verdi’s opera, La Traviata. The sweeping score has been arranged and adapted for the ballet by conductor Allan Stephenson.
In addition to performances in SA, La Traviata – The Ballet has also been presented by Northern Ballet Theatre in the UK where critics admired it as “graceful, passionate and ravishingly romantic”, “an utterly compelling production” and “outstanding throughout”, leaving “hardly a dry eye in the theatre”.
*Casting for the roles of Camille, Armand and Germont (subject to change):
Friday 31 March 7.30pm: Shannon Glover, Juan Carlos Osma, Michael Revie
Saturday 1 April 3pm: Burnise Silvius, Juan Ledo, Iain MacDonald
Saturday 1 April 7.30pm: Dayana Acuna, Michael Revie, Iain MacDonald
Sunday 2 April 3pm: Shannon Glover, Juan Carlos Osma, Michael Revie
Tuesday 4 April 11am: Dayana Acuna, Michael Revie, Iain MacDonald
Wednesday 5 April 11am: Claudia Monja, Juan Carlos Osma, Iain MacDonald
Friday 7 April 7.30pm: Shannon Glover, Juan Carlos Osma, Michael Revie
Saturday 8 April 3pm: Burnise Silvius, Juan Ledo, Michael Revie
Saturday 8 April 7.30pm: Claudia Monja, Juan Carlos Osma, Iain MacDonald
Sunday 9 April 3pm: Burnise Silvius, Juan Ledo, Michael Revie
Joburg Ballet is pleased to announce that ticket prices for 2017 remain unchanged from 2016, with special offers and discounts further enhancing the accessibility of the company’s performances to a wider public. These include:
• Early Bird Special: all seats less 30% (excludes Opening Night and Morning Performances). Early Bird booking for La Traviata ends on 31 January 2017.
• Half Price Opening Nights: all seats discounted by 50%
• Midweek Morning Performances: all seats R80