A classic fairytale of evil defeated and love triumphant, Joburg Ballet opens its 2019 season with a new production of The Sleeping Beauty, staged by former British ballerina Maina Gielgud, from Friday 29 March to Sunday 7 April at Joburg Theatre. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sweeping romantic score, played live by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, this production is made possible by a grant of over R1 460 000 from the National Lotteries Commission.*
Through an evil spell cast by the wicked fairy Carabosse, Princess Aurora pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep for 100 years, but it takes just one kiss from her Prince to guarantee a happy-ever-after ending for this bewitching ballet.
The Sleeping Beauty returns to Joburg Ballet’s repertoire after an absence of eight years, produced for the company by Maina Gielgud. After a glittering career as a dancer in the UK and Europe, Gielgud became artistic director of The Australian Ballet followed by The Royal Danish Ballet. She is now a renowned producer, teacher and coach worldwide.
International guest artists Anaïs Chalendard and Florimond Lorieux will dance the leading roles in three performances of Joburg Ballet’s new staging of The Sleeping Beauty at Joburg Theatre during the upcoming season from Friday 29 March to Sunday 7 April.
As the princess who falls into a deep sleep for a hundred years and the prince who awakens her with a kiss, Chalendard and Lorieux will dance on:
– Opening Night, Friday 29 March at 19:30
– Sunday 31 March at 15:00
– Tuesday 2 April at 11:00
All three performances will be accompanied by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in France, principal dancer Anaïs Chalendard started her professional career in Dusseldorf, followed by engagements with major European ballet companies, including English National Ballet, before joining Boston Ballet in the US in 2013. In demand as an international guest artist, she has worked with ballet luminaries such as Vladimir Malakov, Birgit Keil, Wayne Eagling, Maina Gielgud and Carlos Acosta and has built a repertoire that includes productions by Kenneth MacMillan, Erik Bruhn, Derek Deane, John Cranko and George Balanchine, in addition to the great classical ballets.
Soloist Florimond Lorieux trained at the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet School and in 2005 joined the Paris Opera Ballet, one of the world’s most celebrated companies. In 2016 he took a two-year break to perform with Boston Ballet, returning to the Paris Opera Ballet in 2018. Lorieux’s repertoire includes roles in productions by Jerome Robbins, John Cranko, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine and Rudolf Nureyev. He also pursues an active ballet teaching schedule and in 2018 choreographed his first work for Boston Ballet.
The principal casting for THE SLEEPING BEAUTY is as follows, subject to change:
Fri 29 Mar at 19:30: Anaïs Chalendard and Florimond Lorieux (guest artists)
Sat 30 Mar at 15:00: Shannon Glover and Ruan Galdino
Sat 30 Mar at 19:30: Monike Cristina and Revil Yon
Sun 31 Mar at 15:00: Anaïs Chalendard and Florimond Lorieux (guest artists)
Tue 2 Apr at 11:00: Anaïs Chalendard and Florimond Lorieux (guest artists)
Wed 3 Apr at 11:00: Shannon Glover and Ruan Galdino
Fri 5 Apr at 19:30: Nicole Ferreira-Dill and Leusson Muniz
Sat 6 Apr at 15:00: Shannon Glover and Ruan Galdino
Sat 6 Apr at 19:30: Monike Cristina and Revil Yon
Sun 7 Apr at 15:00: Nicole Ferreira-Dill and Leusson Muniz
The JPO will play for all performances except Wednesday 3 April at 11:00, which will be to a recorded score to facilitate filming of The Sleeping Beauty for release on DVD.