The Joburg Ballet returns to the stage for the first time since the national lockdown started in March with six performances of Nutcracker with a Twist, a fun-filled piece created by artistic director Iain MacDonald.  This family-friendly choreographic confection, created for the run-up to the festive season, will be presented by Joburg Theatre, City Parks and City Power as part of the Festival of Lights from the 22nd – 29th November at Joburg Zoo.

“I am delighted to announce that Joburg Ballet will give performances of Nutcracker with a Twist at the Festival of Lights at the Johannesburg Zoo in November. These performances mean a great deal to the ballet company because although small in scale, they are making it possible for Joburg Ballet’s dancers to begin reclaiming the stage after a nearly a year without performances” said Iain MacDonald Artistic Director of Joburg Ballet.

Nutcracker with a Twist offers a glimpse of life in Johannesburg on Christmas Eve, with dances showcasing familiar characters, from pantsula dancers (created by Joburg Ballet’s Tumelo Lekana) to shoppers in a mall to graffiti artists and lots more.  The jazzy, upbeat music for this slice of urban life is from the legendary Glenn Miller Band and the Boston Pops Orchestra and includes Miller’s arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

Adding to this engrossing week is the golden voice of Soweto Born RnB & Soul Singer, Timothy Moloi who grew up in a home filled with song. It is this love for music, and a flair for infusing familiar and beloved standards with a new freshness, that has made him a favourite with audiences throughout South Africa. He will be performing as part of the first week. Timothy Moloi said

“2020 has been a difficult year for us all because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So I’m really looking forward to getting back on stage again to entertain audiences with some of my favourite songs and help spread some joy as we once again come together to celebrate the season of goodwill with family and friends at this year’s Festival of Lights.”

Patrons are reminded to bring their masks, hand sanitisers and joyful spirit and enjoy the live performances, food from the food stalls under the nocturnal environment at the Zoo. The Festival is currently running a Black Friday discount on all tickets, now available on or at the Webtickets kiosk by the Zoo.

Performance dates and Times: 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 November from 19h00 to 22h00
Venue: Johannesburg Zoo.
Tickets: R75 (children 3–12), R90 (pensioners), R150 (children 12+ and adults); children under 3 admitted free.

In-House Rules:
No balloons, balls, pets, alcohol
Visitors may bring camp chairs and food

Featuring a collection of illuminated life-size animal characters, classical entertainment, food and craft night market, the Festival of Lights offers an enchanting night out for all ages.