Joburg Ballet gears up for RAW 3
Joburg Ballet’s third showcase in two years for works by aspiring choreographers. Performing at the company’s studios at the Joburg Theatre, JOBURG BALLET RAW 3 is presented for three performances on 11 and 12 June.
Launched in 2020, JOBURG BALLET RAW is, in the words of artistic director Iain MacDonald, “an initiative to give choreographers a platform to create new works in a setting where the audience has the opportunity to interact with the process. Choreography is a creative endeavour that cannot be done in isolation. The choreographer’s instrument is the dancer’s body and placing the dancers in the creative hands of aspiring choreographers is the idea behind this project. This year’s programme is particularly rewarding for us in that three of the four choreographers will be creating their second works for RAW, indicating not only personal continuity but also allowing them to bring to the process what they learned the first time round.”
For JOBURG BALLET RAW 3, four new ballets created by three dancers and one member of the company’s artistic team, will feature the work of dancers Donavin Cicatello, Bruno Miranda and Mbongeni Moyake as well as junior Rehearsal Coach, Thabang Mabaso. Of the four, only Bruno Miranda is making his RAW debut.
Joburg Ballet has invited established South African choreographers Kelsey Middleton, Ignatius van Heerden and Roseline Wilkens to engage with the audience and the four choreographers to explore the creative process. To enhance the value of this experience for both choreographers and audiences, the performances will be followed by interactions between the creators and audiences in the form of question-and-answer sessions.
Dates/Times: Saturday 11 June at 15:00; Sunday 12 June at 11:00 and 14:00
Venue: Joburg Ballet Studios, Joburg Theatre, 26 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Parking: National School of the Arts, 17 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Booking remotely: Futhi Zwane on 011 877 6898 or email@example.com; payment by EFT Booking in person: At the door, depending on availability; payment in cash and if possible, please have the exact amount
A Covid-19 compliance officer will be in attendance.
The seating capacity of the Studio will be reduced, and social distancing applied.
The Studio will be sanitised before each performance.
Patrons will be required to wear masks.
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SUPPORT & FUNDING: Joburg Ballet acknowledges principal funder, the City of Johannesburg, and our generous sponsors: Air France • Avis • BakerMcKenzie • CreativeCFO • Edgars Club • Friends of the Ballet • Joburg Theatre • Linksfield Orthopaedic Sports Rehabilitation Centre • Mazars • MySchool • Newsclip • Rand Merchant Bank • Splitbeam • Summit Africa Foundation • The Ball Family Foundation • The Mary Oppenheimer and Daughters Foundation • The Michel Tesson Trust • The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust • The South African Ballet Theatre Trust • The Unlimited Group • Travel with Flair • 21st Century