The Joburg Ballet’s ‘La Traviata – The Ballet’ is returning to the Johannesburg stage on 1 July. Image: Supplied.

Passionate ‘La Traviata-The Ballet’ returns to Joburg after five-year hiatus

Choreographed by Veronia Paeper, the Joburg Ballet’s ‘La Traviata- The Ballet’ has been described as an ‘utterly compelling’ production.


The Joburg Ballet’s ‘La Traviata – The Ballet’ is returning to the Johannesburg stage on 1 July. Image: Supplied.

After winning a Naledi Theatre Award for Best Production: Dance/Physical Theatre/Ballet in May, the Joburg Ballet is getting ready to stage celebrated choreographer Veronica Paeper’s La Traviata-The Ballet

La Traviata-The Ballet, described as “an utterly compelling production”, will be staged at the Joburg Theatre in central Johannesburg between 1 and 10 July. 

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Cape Town-based choreographer Veronica Paeper is one of South Africa’s leading choreographers who is best known for her classical style. She has created a name for herself with her extensive repertoire of ballets and is admired for her full-length story ballets. 

Originally created in Cape Town in 1990, La Traviata-The Ballet is based on the 19th Century story of The Lady of the Camellias

The story follows a woman who sacrifices all for the man she loves. The ballet is set to the unforgettable music of Verdi’s opera La Traviata, arranged and adapted by the late founder of the Cape Town Chamber Orchestra, Allan Stephenson. 


The leading roles of Camille and Armand will be danced by Shannon Glover and Revil Yon, Nicole Ferreira-Dill, Armando Barros, Monike Cristina, Ruan Galdino and Cristina Nakos and Gabriel Fernandes. 

All the dancers will be making their role debut with the exception of Shannon Glover who danced the role of Camille in 2017. 

Commenting on the return of La Traviata-The Ballet to the Johannesburg stage, Joburg Ballet artistic director Iain MacDonald said: “We are delighted to be able to give our audiences the opportunity to see this magnificent ballet after an absence of five years and privileged that Veronia is in Johannesburg to restage one of her finest works.”

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Due to COVID-19 regulations, there is only place for 494 socially-distanced people in the 960-seater Joburg Theatre. 

Tickets for each performance will start from R200. Tickets to see the performance on Wednesday 6 July will be R100. 

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