From the diamond brilliance of classical ballet to the sweep and surge of contemporary dance, Joburg Ballet returns for its second 2018 season at Joburg Theatre with Fire and Ice, a glittering double bill, for eight performances from Friday 29 June to Sunday 8 July.

A dynamic double bill, Fire and Ice showcases the company’s range and expertise in two contrasting ballets, the classical Raymonda Act 3 and Whispers Of My Soul, a world première by internationally acclaimed French-Algerian choreographer Redha.

Never previously performed in Johannesburg, Raymonda Act 3 will première in a staging by Brazilian producer Guivalde de Almeida. Drawn from a full-length 19th century ballet, with music by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov, Raymonda Act 3 captures some of the finest classical choreography ever created in a single glittering act.

“When I saw Guivalde’s work in Brazil last year I was so impressed I immediately asked him to share his expertise with us,” said Joburg Ballet artistic director Iain MacDonald. “His staging of the technically challenging but breathtakingly beautiful third act from Raymonda will give Joburg audiences the opportunity to see this great classical jewel for the first time.”

The company offers a range of affordable tickets throughout the season, including half price on opening night and a budget-priced morning matinee with all seats just R100.

Sharing the Fire and Ice programme will be a Whispers Of My Soul, a world première commissioned by Joburg Ballet from celebrated Paris-based choreographer Redha. CEO Esther Nasser, who has previously worked with him, summed him up succinctly; “Always known simply as Redha – powerful, wildly imaginative, poignantly beautiful. That is Redha.”

As part of its commitment to audience development, Joburg Ballet is offering free tickets throughout the Fire and Ice season to all tertiary level learners. Students can simply present a valid student card in person at Joburg Theatre box office before any performance to claim two free best-available tickets (subject to availability).

Booking for the season, which includes discounts for pensioners and groups, is in person at Joburg Theatre Box Office, tel. 0861 670 670, or via www.webtickets.co.za.