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A return season of the Johannesburg Youth Ballet’s inspired interpretation of Hansel and Gretel, which premiered at the UJ Arts Centre last year. and performed on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, is presented at UJ for eight performances from tomorrow until Sunday. Then it travels to Durban’s Playhouse Drama Theatre for the final leg of the 3 Cities 3 Stages.
The young dancers have been put through their paces by artistic director Kate Martin and choreographer Mark Hawkins and have shown absolute passion and commitment in return.
The dancers are selected through an audition process. All weekends are dedicated to classes and rehearsals, which increase in intensity as the annual season approaches.
Joburg audiences who missed the premiere season last year can now enjoy this innovative two-act ballet, cleverly crafted by four local creative talents: choreographer Mark Hawkins, composer Nik Sakellarides, set, costume and animation designer Andrew Botha and audiovisual projection specialist Malcolm Finlay.
But stealing the limelight is the young and committed cast of Hansel and Gretel who give heart and soul to the telling of this timeless tale. – Tonight Reporter
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