A special outing for school children to the Roodepoort Theatre, a partnership with the Reach For A Dream Foundation and a performance in Hillbrow all form part of Joburg Ballet’s activities celebrating Youth Day on Thursday, June 16.
Preceding Joburg Ballet’s short four-performance season of ‘Ballets for Winter’ at the Roodepoort Theatre from June 17 to 19, the company will host over 300 learners at the theatre on Youth Day. Bringing children from 16 schools in previously disadvantaged communities on the West Rand into an exhilarating theatre environment, the company’s Fun Day at the Ballet will share the joy and excitement of dance with young people who may never have experienced live performance.
The Fun Day at the Ballet will be an outing with a difference, including a performance of ‘Ballets for Winter’, a chance to meet the dancers, plus party treats for all learners, under the entertaining guidance of Joburg Ballet’s Keke Chele as MC. (Joburg Ballet has expressed their gratitude to the Gauteng Department of Education for the support that has made the Fun Day at the Ballet possible through sponsorship of transport and refreshments.)
On Youth Day Joburg Ballet will also partner with the Reach For A Dream Foundation, which encourages children to use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses. By welcoming a five-year old girl on stage at the Roodepoort Theatre, the company will make her dream to dance on stage come true.
In another part of Gauteng, children from the Joburg Ballet School will perform at the Hillbrow Theatre as part of Hillbrow Theatre Project’s celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising, running from 11am to 1pm.
Immediately following Youth Day, from Friday to Sunday, June 17 to 19, Joburg Ballet will present ‘Ballets for Winter’ at the Roodepoort Theatre for four performances only. A collection of classical and contemporary works showcasing South Africa’s world class ballet company, the programme includes ‘Les Sylphides’, the ‘Grand Pas Classique’ and a new contemporary work by SA choreographer Kelsey Middleton, ‘She Stumbled and Fell’.