Tuesday 28 May 2024

Experience the Magic of Joburg Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty This Winter

Rehearsals are in full swing at the Joburg Ballet studios as the company prepares to dazzle audiences with a new staging of The Sleeping Beauty, one of the most iconic ballet classics. This mid-winter performance, produced by Italy-based ballet mistress Sophie Sarrote, will grace the stage at the Joburg Theatre from June 28 to July 7. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will play Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music live for all but two of the nine performances.

A Timeless Tale of Love and Triumph

In this beloved fairytale, a malevolent spell causes a princess to prick her finger and fall into a hundred-year slumber. However, true love prevails when a handsome prince awakens her with a kiss, ensuring a happily-ever-after ending.

Stellar Casts and Guest Artists

Joburg Ballet’s production features five impressive casts drawn from the company’s leading dancers, including three guest artists. The opening night on Friday, June 28, at 19h00, will feature Monike Cristina and Paris Opera Ballet star Guillaume Diop in his South African debut. The duo will also perform on Sunday, June 30, at 14h00.

Other notable performances include:

  • Nicole Ferreira-Dill and guest artist Nelson Peña Nuñez on Saturday, June 29, at 14h00, and Friday, July 5, at 19h00. Peña Nuñez, originally from Cuba, is a principal dancer with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Kazakhstan.
  • Tammy Higgins and Revil Yon on Wednesday, July 3, at 11h00, and Saturday, July 6, at 14h00.
  • Shannon Glover and Ruan Galdino on Thursday, July 4, at 11h00, and Sunday, July 7, at 14h00.
  • Ryoko Yagyu, a guest artist from Ballet Ireland, will perform with Ivan Domiciano on Saturday, July 6, at 19h00. Yagyu will also feature in the celebrated Blue Bird Pas de Deux during the season.

Artistic Expertise and Musical Excellence

The 2024 production of The Sleeping Beauty is staged by Sophie Sarrote, a former dancer with the renowned La Scala Ballet in Milan. Sarrote brings extensive experience and artistry to this enchanting performance. Joburg Ballet is proud to collaborate with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Chad Hendricks, who will bring Tchaikovsky’s sweeping romantic score to life at most performances.

Support and Sponsorship

Joburg Ballet extends its gratitude to Air France, the French Institute, the Embassy of France, and the Michel Tesson Trust for their generous support of The Sleeping Beauty.

Affordable Ticket Options

Joburg Ballet offers a range of affordable ticket options for The Sleeping Beauty, including half-price tickets on opening night, two morning matinees at just R110, and discounts for pensioners, groups, and Friends of the Ballet.

Booking Information

Dates, Times, and Prices:

  • Fri, June 28, at 19h00 (Half-price opening night): R290, R248, R225, R165, R120
  • Sat, June 29; Sun, June 30; Sat, July 6; Sun, July 7, at 14h00: R580, R495, R450, R330, R240
  • Fri, July 5; Sat, July 6, at 19h00: R580, R495, R450, R330, R240
  • Wed, July 3; Thu, July 4, at 11h00: R110


  • Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS: -26.191316, 28.038519)

Book Now:

Experience the magic of The Sleeping Beauty this winter with Joburg Ballet. Secure your tickets now for an unforgettable performance that blends timeless fairytale with extraordinary dance and music.


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