South African Mzansi Ballet’s first major production for 2013 is due to kick off in spectacular style with the company’s full-length classical showpiece, ‘Don Quixote’.
Opening at the Joburg Theatre on Friday March 8, the 12-performance season will run through to Sunday March 24.
Acclaimed as one of the great 19th century Russian ballet classics, ‘Don Quixote’ is set in bustling Barcelona and tells a story of the triumph of young love over parental match-making. The beautiful, audacious Kitri and the dashing, but poor Basilio are determined to marry, but Kitri’s father has more ambitious plans for his daughter.
The sparkling comedy unfolds in a cascade of classical ballet featuring some of the most celebrated showpieces in all ballet, the most famous of which is the virtuoso Don Quixote Pas de Deux.
Casting for the leading roles features leading South African-based dancers as well as guest artists, among them young American star Michaela DePrince who won the hearts of SA audiences on her visit to Johannesburg in 2012 for SA Mzansi Ballet’s ‘Le Corsaire’.
Other guest artists are Australian Aaron Smyth, a favourite with SA audiences following previous Johannesburg appearances, and The Washington Ballet’s Brooklyn Mack who wowed audiences at the International Ballet Gala at Montecasino in 2011. Mack will be making his first SA appearances in a full-length classic with Don Quixote.
Also returning to SA are five Cuban dancers who bring their unique brand of virtuosity to ‘Don Quixote’, a ballet with which Cuban dancers have a particular affinity.
* Tickets: R100 to R336.
Book on 0861 670 670, or at www.joburgtheatre.com.