Pictured at the rehearsal of South African Mzanzi Ballet’s (SAMB) production of Cinderella are (l-r) Miguel Dario Clavijo- McCormick, Second Secretary, Embassy of Colombia, Michael Revie, ballet dancer, Iain MacDonald, Artistic Director SAMB, Dirk Badenhorst, CEO SAMB, Jin Ho Won, South Korean ballerina and Ambassador Yoon Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in SA.
The collaboration between Mzanzi Ballet of South Africa, South Korean ballerina Jin Ho Won and Colombian dance company El Colegio del Cuerpo based in Cartagena has taken international relations to new heights of grace and poise.
The collaboration will join Asia and Africa and Latin America in ballet performances of the European fairytale Cinderella, God-by-the-Sea to the 13th century Galician music, and Romanian Dance.
Jin Ho Won(21) first danced into the hearts of South Africans in 2012 when her exquisite style and elegance won her two gold medals in the senior division of the Cape Town International Ballet Competition. She is in Johannesburg to dance the title role in Iain MacDonald’s new production of Cinderella for South African Mzansi Ballet (SAMB).
Ms Won has also distinguished herself at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and Youth America Grand Prix in New York.
Michael Revie and Jin Ho Won in rehearsals for Cinderella.
SAMB’s glittering new production of artistic director and choreographer Iain MacDonald’s Cinderella is danced to the champagne-infused melodies of Johann Strauss II. The lilting melodies of Strauss’ only full-length ballet score will be heard in Johannesburg for the first time, replacing the more familiar Prokofiev music and bringing an irresistible charm and dazzle to the classic rags-to-riches tale.
Cinderella is the first production to be presented since the announcement in June of generous funding for the ballet company from the City of Johannesburg. South African Mzansi Ballet’s development and outreach programme receives funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
The Director and co-founder of El Colegio del Cuerpo, Alvaro Restrepo, will stage two works for Celebration 5: God-by-the-Sea to 13th century Galician music, and Romanian Dance to music by Bela Bartok.
God-by-the-Sea, which Restrepo choreographed in partnership with Marie France Delieuvin, will be performed by dancers from both South African Mzansi Ballet and El Colegio del Cuerpo while Romanian Dances will be performed only by the Colombian company.
Sharing Celebration 5 with the Colombian works will be new pieces by SA choreographers Belinda Nusser, Kitty Phetla and Shannon Glover whose unique and individual styles have won critical and public praise.
Completing the programme for Celebration 5 are two classical pas deux highlighting the stylistic versatility of the dancers of SAMB. These include the enchanting Danish piece, Flower Festival at Genzano a Light and breezy piece, perfect to mark the start of spring. The second classical pas de deux is from Act 1 of the ballet Le Corsaire.
FAST FACTS FOR SEPTEMBER BALLET SEASON
CINDERELLA at Joburg Theatre: Fri 13 Sep 19:30 (All seats 50% off); Sat 14 Sep 15:00; Sat 14 Sep 19:30; Sun 15 Sep 11:00; Sun 15 Sep 15:00; Tue 17 Sep 11:00 (Schools Performance: all seats R50); Sat 21 Sep 15:00; Sun 22 Sep 15:00; Fri 27 Sep 19:30; Sat 28 Sep 15:00; Sun 29 Sep 15:00.
CELEBRATION 5 at Joburg Theatre: Fri 20 Sep 19:30; Sat 21 Sep 19:30; Sat 28 Sep 19:30
Ticket prices: R336, R283.50, R231, R189
Booking: Joburg Theatre; 0861 670 670; www.joburgtheatre.com
Discounts: 10% Block bookings of 10 or more; 15% Pensioners; 20% Friends of the Ballet; 50% Children aged 4 to 7
Special offer: Book for Cinderella and receive 20% off on Celebration 5