Watch: Joburg Ballet performs

Watch: Joburg Ballet performs rain dance for drought-stricken Western Cape [video]

Joburg Ballet is tapping into big stories, the latest being the Western Cape drought. Watch one of their soloists perform a beautiful rain dance over here:

Watch: Joburg Ballet performs

The Joburg Ballet Company released their latest in a series of mini “episodes” called Bite-Size Ballet, this time releasing a beautiful video of senior soloist, Kitty Phetla performing a rain dance for the drought-stricken Western Cape.

The latest comes after Joburg Ballet started to create Bite-Size videos, which is usually inspired by big stories and news – such as Conor McGregor and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather’s big fight and even Game of Thrones’ seventh season

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Joburg Ballet’s fifth Bite-Size Ballet piece is dedicated to the Western Cape’s drought and it’s amazing.

On Facebook, The Joburg Ballet Company posted the video, saying:

“With Cape Town reservoir levels plummeting to record lows, the Cape Water Crisis has become a major concern for the entire country. We’re proud to present our latest Bite Size Ballet, a rain dance for the drought-stricken province.

“Inspired by Queen Modjadji of the Balobedu people, and shot on location at the near-empty Theewaterskloof Dam, the dance was choreographed and performed by senior soloist @KittyPhetla.

“While we hope it will bring rain, this dance is also an important reminder of the value of water to life on earth, and the necessity to conserve it at all costs. If you’re travelling to the Western Cape this festive season, please make water conservation an absolute priority.

“Special thanks to L8 ANTIQUE for the soundtrack.”

Watch the captivating video down here:

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Peter Khoury​, chief creative officer at TBWA\Hunt Lascaris who had in hand in making the video, told Mark Lives that they want to tap into today’s big stories and social conversations, and make ballet and dance part of that mix. 

“Joburg Ballet is a very versatile and diverse company, made up of professional dancers not just from South Africa but from all over the world. While its productions are often of famous, full-length classical ballets like Romeo and Juliet, Bite-Size Ballet allows the company to showcase its creativity in new ways — to create punchy, dynamic work that deals with a range of today’s topics. We want to help introduce the company to a completely different range of people and help those people see that dance can be contemporary and relevant. Ultimately, we hope that our short films will make people see ballet in a different light and introduce new audiences to Joburg Ballet’s live performances on stage.”