Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr Z. Pallo Jordan host the Belarussian Bolshoi Ballet Theater on their first African visit

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27 Aug 2008

One of Eastern Europe’s world renowned dance companies, the Bolshoi Ballet Theater will be visiting South Africa in September.

They have been invited by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Z. Pallo Jordan as part of celebrating the theme of “Our Dance, Our Heritage” during Heritage Month.

However, this is part of a cultural exchange programme between the two countries.

Thus they will stage two special performances at the State Theater in Pretoria on the 13th and 14th September.

Since it fell under the artistic directorship of Yelizariev in 1973, the company has toured Europe, Britain, Africa and Asia

The Bolshoi Ballet Theater company will be headed by the First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, Mr Vladimir Rytlako.

Also in the high level delegation will be the artistic director, Valentin Yelizariev who is the most celebrated choreographer in Belarus.

Significantly, the 100-member strong dance company will be made up of the cream de la cream of their dancers.

Among the young ballet group will be 30 soloists, many of whom have honorary titles and are well known outside Belarus.

“The world renown Ballet Theatre are a highly acclaimed professional ballet group and are awe inspiring to watch.

“We are delighted that they will be visiting our country during heritage month when we shall be highlighting and celebrating dance as part of our national heritage,” said Minister Jordan.

Their repertoire will include ballets of different epochs and styles, depicting pieces from various famous suites, such as “Nutcracker”, “Swanlake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Giselle” and “Don Quixote”, to name a few.

“This promises to be quite a feast of an unforgettable experience. We encourage our people to witness and experience this cultural exchange,” said Minister Jordan.

For further information kindly contact:
Sandile Memela, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Arts & Culture
Cell: 082 800 3750 or
Premi Appalraju, Media Liaison Officer
Cell: 082 903 6778