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June 30, 2011

International Ballet Gala: A Celebration of Movement


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Ballet, while such a classical form of dance, is often regarded as appealing to a select audience. But if the International Ballet Gala at the Grand Arena on Wednesday June 29, 2011 was anything to go by, this old notion will soon be overturned.

Far from the demure atmosphere usually associated with ballet performances, the audience went wild for the dancers. With the incredible talent on stage, it was easy to see why. The gala showcases performers from nine different countries, including South Africa, and brings the crème de la crème of the ballet world to our local stage.

The International Ballet Gala is the brainchild of renowned director, Dirk Badenhorst, also the founder of the dance company, Mzanzi Productions, whose dancers represented South Africa at the gala.

International ballet icons like Hyo-Seon Park, Elza Leimane, Nathan Chaney and others performed from classics such as The Nutcracker, Giselle and Swan Lake.

South Africa can take immense pride in the dancers from Mzanzi Productions, who held their own against their international counterparts, fresh off their recent run of the Queen dance tribute, Somebody to Love.

The second act opening performance to Carl Orff was especially moving and principal dancer and choreographer, Kitty Phetla was, as always, amazing to watch.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ legacy continued with the ensemble cast performing a stunning finale to Shakira and Freshlyground’s anthem Waka Waka and the audience sang along and danced in their seats.

The International Ballet Gala is the prelude to the Cape Town International Ballet Competition, which starts on February 27, 2012.

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