Joburg Ballet Presents Giselle

Looking for something exciting to do this April? Opening the 2016 ballet season with one of the classics, Giselle highlights the global celebration of the 175th anniversary of the original 1841 production in Paris. Let’s just say that Joburgers should be proud to have a ballet company that’s this big on passion, commitment and excellence.

Producing a classical ballet with elaborate sets, costumes and lighting is no mean feat, and thanks to support from many, including the City of Johannesburg, Joburg Ballet delivers a world-class rendition of the beautiful, Giselle. For those of you that don’t know, the story follows a pretty girl named Giselle, who is attracted to an aristocrat in disguise, Albrecht. He is already engaged to Bathilda, but he flirts with Giselle, much to the disgust of Hilarion, who loves her … expect romance, tragedy and, of course, a celebration of the beauty of dance.

Joburg Ballet Presents Giselle
(Top) Manuel Norman, Nicole Ferreira Dill & Shannon Glover in Act I – Photo: Bill Zurich. (Left) Giselle Act II – Photo: Bill Zurich. (Right) Shannon Glover & Juan Carlos Osma in Giselle – Photo: Lauge Sorensen

Shannon Glover is an enchanting, captivating Giselle and as Albrecht, Juan Carlos Osma is elegant and impeccable in pas de deux. There were notable performances by all the soloists, namely, the talented (and hunky) Jonathan Rodrigues as Hilarion, Claudia Monja as an imposing Queen of the Wilis and the charming Dayana Acuna and Thabang Mabaso – the latter being the recipient of the 2016 Marigold Hutton Award in recognition for outstanding services to Joburg Ballet. It is also heart-warming to see the children from Joburg Ballet School and other academies of dance taking part in Act 1.

Joburg Ballet Presents Giselle
(Left) Shannon Glover as Giselle – Photo: Lauge Sorensen. (Right) Shannon Glover as Giselle Act I – Photo: Bill Zurich

For this writer, as an ex-dancer, I have to applaud the corps de ballet, without which there would be no production, no Giselle. I really cannot fault this marvellous cast, as every foot, every head, every angle, every turn was adhered to with grace and humility, and without ego, but rather an attention to detail that makes the entire production move as one.

In my opinion, if you love your city, go and support Joburg Ballet – they belong to us. They symbolise what we all strive for – service excellence, a belief in the importance of the arts and tons of hope for the future.

When Is It?

Friday, 8 to Sunday, 17 April 2016.

For More Information

You can make a booking through Joburg Theatre at or on 0861 670 670.

Alternatively, you can visit Webtickets at (remember, patrons can book and pay online) or Pick ‘n Pay online and pay instore. Patrons can book tickets from and pay at Pick n Pay stores.

By Paola Chellew

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