A salute to The King expressed through dance

A salute to The King expressed through dance

Travelling to Johannesburg for the first time, Sean Bovim’s ‘Private Presley – A Salute to the King’, will be staged at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre for a limited season from October 9 to 25.

This will be the third season of the show since it was created in 2013, but the first time that the public has a chance to see the show outside of Cape Town. It will commence with a three week season in Johannesburg during October, followed by another three week season in Cape Town during November.

From the same creators of the smash hit ‘Queen at the Ballet’, the high-energy production features over 30 of Elvis Presley`s original recordings including ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘A Little Less Conversation’, ‘Hound Dog’ and many more foot-stomping, unforgettable hits. ‘Private Presley’ follows the gigantic rise of one of Rock `n Roll`s greatest legends, portraying memorable and key moments from his jam-packed life.

Audiences can look forward to a kaleidoscope of timeless classics set to hip-swaying choreography.

“After experiencing Johannesburg’s heartfelt and enthusiastic reaction to ‘Queen at the Ballet’, which we brought up to Johannesburg last year, we are excited, but also proud that we will be performing ‘Private Presley’ in the very same theatre – the Mandela at Joburg Theatre. We thoroughly enjoyed performing on this beautiful stage with its world-class facilities and top class crew, and can’t wait to return,” says Bovim.

He continues: “As with ‘Queen at the Ballet’, those watching ‘Private Presley’ can expect to be thoroughly entertained, whether or not they have an interest in ballet/dance or even Elvis Presley for that matter. I firmly believe that in these difficult and challenging times that we all face, it is vital that we are able to go to the theatre for a night’s entertainment and feel rejuvenated and uplifted by the experience.”

As with previous productions, Bovim Ballet continue their working relationships with some of South Africa’s top fashion designers. This should result in a further level of excitement for the audience, who get to experience yet another layer of creativity whilst watching the show. In Private Presley, Craig Port (guest judge on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ with Tyra Banks and ‘Africa’s Next Top Model’ with Oluchi) designed the men’s costumes, and KLûK CGDT (African Fashion Designers of the year 2011 and 2012) are responsible for the ladies’ costumes. Ian West (made famous by his creations for Miss SA contestants and Miss World presenters) made the speciality costumes.

The cast includes some of South Africa’s most sought-after dancers. Portraying the epic role of Elvis is Henk Opperman (Freddie Mercury in ‘Queen at the Ballet’ and winner of ‘Dans! Dans! Dans!’), while the role of Priscilla is danced by Nicola van der Merwe (‘SwingTime’, ‘Queen at the Ballet’).

* Performances are from Wednesdays to Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. There are fourteen shows only.

Tickets range from R150 to R350 and are exclusively available from www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670.

For more information, visit www.bovimballet.com.