Queen at the Ballet’s new season set to rock Joburg

| July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
Queen at the ballet - pas de deux

Photo by Bill Zurich courtesy of Bovim Ballet.

Following two sold out seasons in Cape Town in 2012, Sean Bovim’s Queen at the Ballet will be coming to Johannesburg for a long-awaited limited season at the Joburg Theatre from 26 March to 13 April 2014.

No men in tights or tutus here

Bovim Ballet seem to have a knack of combining the athleticism of ballet with rock music, brought together with highly entertaining choreography (see the video clips below).

Having recently completed their second run of their other rock ‘n roll ballet, Private Presley, Sean Bovim said: “for years I’ve wanted to bring my rock ballet, Queen at the Ballet, to the Joburg Theatre. I have been asked over and over again when the show is coming to the Jozi, and I’m happy to share the exciting news that the wait is almost over!”

Queen at the Ballet tells the story of Freddie Mercury through dance. Set to over 20 of his greatest hits (including ‘Who wants to live forever’, ‘Another one bites the dust’, ‘Barcelona’ and more), viewers are taken on a journey through the fascinating life of one of the world’s greatest singers. The audience can expect to see tender pas de deux interspersed with exciting rocking group numbers performed by over 20 of South Africa’s top dancing talents.

But it’s not only dance…

Queen at the ballet by Bovim Ballet

Photo by Bill Zurich courtesy of Bovim Ballet.

Johannesburg’s own charismatic rocker, Cito from WONDERboom and Jesus Christ Superstar fame, will deliver the power of Queen’s music accompanied by Michael Hankinson‘s exquisite, recorded orchestral arrangements. There will also be performances by Daniel Fisher (Fiddler on the Roof) and a special guest appearance by Angela Kilian (Eva Perón in EVITA) to perform the spine-chilling Barcelona with Cito.

Bovim’s productions also include collaborations with internationally recognized South African fashion designers Malcolm Klûk & CGDT, Craig Port, Gavin Rajah and Ian West.

According to Sean Bovim, “Bovim Ballet will showcase some of the greatest dance talent that South Africa has to offer,” including Henk Opperman (winner of Dans!Dans!Dans!) who portrays the role of Freddie Mercury.

Here you can see a few of the other cast members in action as they perform on live TV for Expresso (in August 2012), along with a quick and insightful interview on the making of the show:

Booking details:

Dates: 26th March to 13 April 2014 (Wednesdays to Saturdays 8pm and Sundays at 3pm)
Venue: The Mandela at Joburg Theatre, Johannesburg
Tickets: from R100 to R280 from www.joburgtheatre.com, or call the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.

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Hi, I'm Robynn, and I'm a student of the potential of the body, the marvels of the mind, and the beauty of it all combined in ballet. As the editor, BodyMindBallet is where I get to learn, to share and to enjoy this wide world of dance - and with every day I gain an ever richer respect for the athleticism of dance and the skill of performance artistry.

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