After a sterling performance at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Johannesburg Youth Ballet (JYB) returns to a place where it suits it best: the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre.
The celebrated return of the group’s Hansel & Gretel Show will take place on 14-18 August 2013.
This is JYB’s 3 City-3 Stage Tour of Hansel & Gretel, which is part of a celebration of 37 years of this youth art company’s existence – an existence that given a career platform to many young up-and-coming ballet dancers.
Hansel and Gretel is exquisitely choreographed by Mark Hawkins to a dramatic original score by Nik Sakellarides. Then, to appeal to a new generation of theatregoers, design and digital animator Andrew Botha brings an exciting contemporary element to this classical piece.
Botha cleverly weaves the art of design and digital animation into the sets, while Malcolm Finlay of PENMAC integrates the audio-visual aspects to finish off this seamless masterpiece.
This is indeed a perfect show for classical ballet lovers and the tech-savvy generation. Under the guidance of artistic director Kate Martin, JYB features a company of 44 of the city’s enthusiastic and promising young dancers.
The group will set off to Durban immediately after the Johannesburg shows. Come to witness live the wonderful story-telling of Hansel and Gretel.
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Photo by John Hogg. Jaimee Mills as the Amethyst