Oscar Wilde’s charming morality tale of the Selfish Giant who finds redemption through the kindness and love of a little boy is brought to life by the young dancers of the Johannesburg Youth Ballet. The production is under the artistic direction of Mark Hawkins with choreography by Mary-Ann Mottram, Mark Hawkins and Jan Venter who also makes a guest appearance as the Giant.
The bittersweet tale of transformation will be narrated by the inimitable David Butler. The story offers wonderful opportunities for a narrative ballet in a setting where birds, peach trees, flowers, and the elements are key in the storytelling.
Consumed by selfishness, the Giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to keep the children out. Once the wall is up, it is perpetually winter in his garden because no other season dares venture into a place where no children are allowed to play. One morning a very special little child brings Spring back into the garden and love into the giant’s cold heart. This appealing story of goodness and grace is certain to appeal to audiences of all ages.
The Selfish Giant runs at under an hour. Tickets are affordably priced at R75.
Based on the story by Oscar Wilde
Choreography: Mary-Ann Mottram, Jan Venter & Mark Hawkins
Music: Four Seasons by Glazunov
The Selfish Giant: Jan Venter
Narrator: David Butler
Lighting Design: Nic Michaletos
Costume Design: Jan Venter