The classical ballet, Roméo & Juliette, will open at the Mandela, Joburg theatre next month, performed by the renowned Geneva Ballet (Grand Théâtre de Genève).
After recent visits to Cape Town and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the company, under the direction of Philippe Cohen, will perform only six shows from Wednesday 17 June until Sunday 21 June.
This coincides with the anniversary of the 100th performance of this production of Roméo & Juliette.
Established in Switzerland at the start of the 19th Century, the Geneva Ballet is known for its rich repertoire of neo-classical and contemporary dance styles featuring highly skilled classically trained dancers and top choreographers.
Joëlle Bouvier, one of several guest choreographers invited by the Geneva Ballet to enrich its repertoire, has with this production of Roméo & Juliette, re-imagined Shakespeare’s classic tragedy as a contemporary piece, re-visiting the ballet in an inventive way.
The elegance of the costumes and the stage decor is offset by the vitality of the fight scenes, as the 22-dancer strong company creates a dynamic energy and an eye-catching aesthetic.
As a major component of its two-week long visit to Johannesburg, the Geneva Ballet company, with a focus on choreography in a variety of forms and expression, will be involved in a collaborative project with South African choreographers and dancers. This unique project will involve four local choreographers, Gregory Maqoma, Mamela Nyamza, PJ Sabbagha and Fana Tshabalala with Nathanaël Marie from the Geneva Ballet and will take place at the Soweto Theatre, the Dance Space in Newtown, University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture and at the Hillbrow Theatre from 8-14 June. The creative result of this collaboration will be showcased in partnership at the Soweto and Wits Theatres on 13 and 14 respectively.
Roméo & Juliette performances are from Wednesday 17 June – Friday 19 June at 8pm, Saturday 20 June at 3pm & 8pm and Sunday 21 June at 2pm.
Tickets range from R180 to R350 and are on sale via the Joburg Theatre website www.joburgtheatre.com.
– Sourced from The Colab Network