Joburg Ballet reveals Don Quixote cast

EVERYBODY DANCE NOW: Claudia Monja and Juan Carlos Osma will star as Kitri and Basilio in the opening night performance of Joburg Ballet’s Don Quixote on 28 August at Joburg Theatre.

Claudia Monja, who was born in Cuba, will headline the opening night cast as she plays the entrancing part of Kitri, alongside dashing fellow Cuban, Juan Carlos Osma.

It is the debut for both talented dancers and reportedly a special moment for Monja, who was unable to dance her first Swan Queen in Swan Lake due to an injury.

During the season, Joburg Ballet prima ballerina, Burnise Silvius, will dance alongside Australian guest artist, Aaron Smyth, Randol Figueredo from Cuba and National Ballet of Ecuador guest artist Jonhal Fernandez. The third couple in this talented line-up will be Joburg Ballet principal dancers Shannon Glover and Michael Revie.

Don Quixote is set in Barcelona and tells the story of lively Kitri and her love for Basilio, who is a young, poor barber. However, Kitri’s father has other marriage plans in mind and the comedy unfolds in a spectacular show, culminating in the famous Don Quixote pas de deux and a happy-ever-after ending as all characters dance into the Spanish sunset.

The show runs on the following dates:

28 August at 7.30pm

29 August at 3pm

30 August at 3pm

1 September at 11am

5 September at 3pm

6 September at 3pm

11 September at 7.30pm

12 September at 3pm

13 September at 3pm

All shows will take place at Joburg Theatre, Biccard Street. Tickets range from R100 to R400.

Details: 0861 670 670; www.joburgtheatre.com

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