Joburg Ballet brings to sparkling life one of the most popular and beloved classical ballets in the world with an enchanting new production of The Nutcracker from 8 to 17 October at the Joburg Theatre. With exquisite dancing, sumptuous sets by designer Wilhelm Disbergen and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music, The Nutcracker is an unforgettable treat for children and adults alike.
Produced and choreographed by artistic director Iain MacDonald assisted by Joburg Ballet’s artistic team, The Nutcracker will transport audiences to a fairy tale world as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince journey to the Kingdom of the Sweets, dance through snowflakes, encounter waltzing flowers and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Commenting on the return of The Nutcracker to the Joburg Ballet stage, CEO Esther Nasser says: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Joburg Ballet seems to have been taking new steps every inch of the way and although the full-length classics are one of the staples of Joburg Ballet’s repertoire, it often feels we’re now almost doing things for the first time in this strange new world of ours. Bringing The Nutcracker to the stage is one of them as this will be the first full-length ballet we’ve done since March 2020. It is a challenge, of course, but an exhilarating one for the company and, we believe, for our audiences.”
Iain MacDonald added: “The Nutcracker is a ballet traditionally associated with Christmas, but I believe it is also a ballet that fits perfectly into any season so what better way to create the right mood for the coming Christmas holidays than by presenting The Nutcracker in spring. I am delighted that this staging will also draw on the choreographic talents of company dancers who are being invited to choreograph sections of the production.”
Dates and Times:
Friday 8 October at 18:30
Saturday 9 October at 15:00
Sunday 10 October at 15:00
Friday 15 October at 18:30
Saturday 16 October at 15:00
Saturday 16 October at 18:30
Sunday 17 October at 15:00
Tickets: R280 (Standard Price); R210 (25% discount for Friends of the Ballet); R100 (Pensioners)
Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)
Book: Joburg Theatre Box Office; 0861 670 670; www.joburgtheatre.com.