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Geneva Ballet makes its Johannesburg debut!

Geneva Ballet makes its Johannesburg debut!

Roméo and Juliette by choreographer Joëlle Bouvier
17-21 June 2015 | The Mandela at Joburg Theatre | Joburg

HIGH FIVE Choreographic Encounters, an SA / French / Swiss collaboration
13 June at 14:00 and 18:00 | Soweto Theatre | Soweto
14 June at 14:00 and 18:00 | Wits Theatre | Johannesburg

Roméo and Juliette

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French choreographer Joëlle Bouvier, one of several guest choreographers invited by the Geneva Ballet to enrich its repertoire, has with this production of Roméo & Juliette, re-imagined Shakespeare’s classic tragedy as a contemporary piece, re-visiting the ballet in an inventive way. She has taken the essence of the story, its fundamental characteristics and choreographed around that rather than sticking strictly to the details of the play. She turns the sequence of the traditional classic upside down - conversely beginning with the funeral ceremony and working retrospectively back to the beginning. It is driven musically by the strong, stirring music of the composer Prokofiev.

The elegance of the costumes and the stage decor is offset by the vitality of the fight scenes, as the 22-dancer strong company creates a dynamic energy and an eye-catching aesthetic.

During its Johannesburg season the company will celebrate the anniversary of the 100th performance of its production of Roméo & Juliette.

> Watch an extract of the ballet Roméo & Juliette here

> Watch an extract with an interview of the choreographer Joelle Bouvier here

High Five Choreographic Encounters

Prior to the Roméo & Juliette performances at the Joburg Theatre (17-21 June), the Geneva Ballet company will be involved in HIGH FIVE, a collaborative project with four South African choreographers, Gregory Maqoma, Mamela Nyamza, PJ Sabbagha and Fana Tshabalala, together with the French choreographer Nathanaël Marie of the Geneva Ballet.

The HIGH FIVE project is inspired by the necessity for artistic encounters. This exchange is an opportunity for dialogue and transmission of knowledge. Twelve professional dancers from South Africa and nineteen Geneva Ballet company members will create a team that is truly internationally representative. Each choreographer will work with a group of 5-7 dancers for one week (June 8-14) at various studios - the Soweto Theatre, The Dance Space, The Hillbrow Theatre Project and The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative at UJ Arts & Culture. Five pieces, each around 12 minutes in duration, will reflect their encounters, processes and inventions.

HIGH FIVE Partners: Soweto Theatre, Dance Space, The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative at University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture, Hillbrow Theatre Project, Wits Theatre

The project has been made possible with the support of Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council; the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa; the French Institute of South Africa and Total (South Africa).

Shows infos:

HIGH FIVE Choreographic Encounters, an SA / French / Swiss collaboration
- 13 June 2015, 2pm & 6pm
Soweto Theatre

Tickets: R50

- 14 June 2015, 2pm & 6pm
Wits Theatre

Tickets: R 50
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

Roméo and Juliette by choreographer Joëlle Bouvier
17, 18, 19 June 2015, 8pm / 20 June, 3pm & 8pm / 21 June, 2pm

The Mandela at Joburg Theatre 
Tickets: R180 to R350
Venue: Joburg Theatre, Civic Boulevard, 163 Simmonds Street, Johannesburg
Bookings: here 

About the Geneva Ballet

The Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève directed by Philippe Cohen features 22 highly skilled and classically trained dancers from around the world. The company is highly regarded for excellence in variations of the classical ballet vernacular through its innovative artistic collaborations.

More here 

About Joëlle Bouvier 

The choreographer Joëlle Bouvier first came to be known for co-authoring around fifteen choreographic works within the company L’Esquisse, which she founded in 1980 with Régis Obadia. Together they formed an inseparable duo, emblematic of the new French dance. She has also directed short movies and music videos such as Casser la Voix, by Patrick Bruel. Since 1998, Joëlle Bouvier pursues a personal work within her own company. She has directed the National Center of Contemporary Dance of Angers, in France, until 2003. Since January 2004, her company has been in residence at the National Theatre Les Gémeaux, in Sceaux, close to Paris. Her work has been honored by many awards on the international level.
Roméo & Juliette is her first collaboration with Geneva Ballet; Salue pour moi le monde ! opens on the 21 May 2015 at Grand Théâtre de Genève.


The project has been made possible with the support of Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council; the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa; the French Institute of South Africa and Total (South Africa).








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