Last night, on a delightful Spring evening, I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of Joburg Ballet’s ‘Don Quixote’ at the Joburg Theatre. This performance had been eagerly awaited throughout 2023, and I was looking forward to seeing this much anticipated production. As the curtains drew back, I couldn’t help but wonder if ‘Don Quixote’ would live up to the hype.
Set in the bustling Spanish seaport of Barcelona, Don Quixote tells the story of beautiful, audacious Kitri and her love for the dashing but poor Basilio. Her father, however, has more ambitious plans for his headstrong daughter, hoping to marry her off to a wealthy, foppish suitor. In the end, love conquers all in a cascade of classical ballet at its most spectacular.
As the curtains drew back, we were greeted by a vibrant set, with costumes as lively as the dancing itself. The lighthearted storyline centered around love, prepared the audience for a remarkable evening. Tammy Higgins and Revil Yon, our lead ballet dancers, delivered performances that were truly unforgettable. Their effortless movements, jumps, and storytelling held me captivated throughout the entire performance. Every member of the ensemble brought a sense of flair and fun to this beautiful narrative, making it a perfect choice for the Spring season.
At two of the performances during the 8-performance season, Joburg Ballet will present major international ballet stars Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov of The Royal Ballet in the leading roles. As previously announced, Nunez and Muntagirov dance on Friday 6 October at 19h00 and Sunday 8 October at 14h00.
The remaining performances showcase as mentioned Joburg Ballet’s Tammy Higgins and Revil Yon, as well as Monike Cristina and Ivan Domiciano and Darragh Hourrides and Ruan Galdino.
Don Quixote is being staged for Joburg Ballet by Angela Malan and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Lykele Temmingh, will play at all performances except at 11h00 on 5 and 6 October.
You do not want to miss Don Quixote. Here are the remaining dates, times and cast details:
- Sunday 1 October at 14h00: Tammy Higgins and Revil Yon
- Wednesday 4 October at 11h00: Darragh Hourrides and Ruan Galdino
- Thursday 5 October at 11h00: Monike Cristina and Ivan Domiciano
- Friday 6 October at 19h00: Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov
- Saturday 7 October at 14h00: Darragh Hourrides and Ruan Galdino
- Sunday 8 October at 14h00: Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov
Ticket Prices and Discounts:
- Nuñez and Muntagirov performances: R650, R550, R500, R360, R260 (no discounts)
- Standard Prices: R580, R495, R450, R330, R240
- Morning Price: All R110
- Other discounts: Friends of the Ballet 35%; Pensioners 15%; Groups of 10+ 10%; Children 4-7 50%