The Johannesburg Youth Ballet 2018 season

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venue Johannesburg
time The Selfish Giant
The Fringe @ Joburg Theatre
24th August @ 7:30pm
25th August @ 11:00, 3:00, 6:30
26th August @ 11:00, 3:00
Tickets R75.00
cost R75.00

age All ages

The Selfish Giant at the Joburg Theatre

The Johannesburg Youth Ballet will present The Selfish Giant from 24 to 26 August, 2018 at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre.

Oscar Wilde’s charming morality tale of the Selfish Giant, who finds redemption through the kindness and love of a little boy, is under the artistic direction of Mark Hawkins with choreography by Mary-Ann Mottram, Mark Hawkins and Jan Venter, who also makes a guest appearance as the Giant.

Along with his former colleagues, Mary-Ann Mottram (De Wet) and Mark Hawkins, Jan Venter enjoyed a successful career as a professional ballet dancer. He danced locally with CAPAB, PACT and NAPAC, and internationally with the Dutch National Ballet and the London City Ballet. Like his colleagues, he too takes pleasure in working with young dancers, and sharing his wealth of knowledge with the next generation of dancers.

The bittersweet tale of transformation written with great sensitivity by Irish writer Oscar Wilde for his young sons will be narrated by acclaimed local actor David Butler.

Consumed by selfishness the giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to keep the children out; once the wall is up it is perpetually winter in the garden - no other season dares venture into a place where no children are allowed to play but one morning a very special child brings spring back into the garden…and love into the giant’s cold heart…

The story offers wonderful opportunities for character interpretation and expressive narrative dance for the young members of the JYB, in a setting where birds, peach trees, flowers, and elements, with the evocative names of Madame Snow, Frost, North Wind and Hail, are key to the story.
Wilhelm Disbergen has designed an enchanting scenic world for the ballet which will be lit by Nic Michaletos.
The Johannesburg Youth Ballet extends warm thanks and acknowledgment to the National Arts Council Company for funding.

Performance times

- Friday 24 August at 19h30
- Saturday 25 August at 11h00, 15h00, 18h30
- and Sunday 26 August at 11h00 and 15h00.

The Selfish Giant runs at under an hour and tickets are affordably priced at R75 and can be secured through Joburg Theatre and Web Tickets - call 0861 670 670 or visit

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About Johannesburg Youth Ballet

The JYB was founded by Audrey King in 1976 and has the distinction of being the oldest youth company in South Africa. Over the past 40 years, it has given well over 1 500 young dancers from the greater Johannesburg region an opportunity to be a part of a professionally run company and to experience the dynamics of performing in an annual season.

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