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AAfter the huge success of the inaugural Ballet in the Bush performance in 2014 - a world first - Dirk Badenhorst will repeat a performance of the popular production at the Legend Golf and Safari Resort once again, on Saturday 9 September, as part of the International Ballet Gala (IBG) performance series taking place from 2 to 9 September in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Limpopo Province. Performances in Johannesburg take place at the Cambridge Mountain School in Hartbeespoort at 7pm and at the Mosaic Teatro on 7 September at 8pm.

The IBG’s Ballet in the Bush is a spectacular event where culture meets conservation, with the beautiful Limpopo bushveld as backdrop. Ballet in the Bush has not only raised awareness around the Arts but also the critical issue of Rhino poaching in South Africa, with the world-first Rhino Orphanage being the main beneficiary of this event in 2014 and 2016. This year the SAIBC Training Teachers in Township Program will join The Rhino Orphanage as a main beneficiary, highlighting the importance of performing arts in our country. The International Ballet Gala and its bush ballet element is ballet tourism at its best and is invaluably supported by South African Tourism. Says Margie Whitehouse, Chief Marketing Officer at South African Tourism, "The role of arts can play in bringing South Africans and the world together is critical. We look forward to welcoming these outstanding dancers from around the world and we know that they will love our country and through connecting with our warm people, we  know they will become champions for this beautiful country."

Audiences can expect outstanding ballet on South African stages in the International Ballet Gala (IBG), six performances in all between 2 to 9 September 2017, starting in the Mother City and ending in Limpopo Province.  Thrilling excerpts from iconic ballets like Giselle, Swan Lake (Black Swan and White Swan pas de deux), Paquita and Le Corsaire will enthrall dance lovers and renowned South African choreographer Adele Blank will also create a new contemporary piece.

The IBG company consists of top professional dancers from South Africa, Russia, Spain, Mongolia, Armenia, the USA, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt and Mexico. Stars performing include ballerina Maria Rudenko from (pictured) partnered by Artemiy Pyzhov, Monier Javier Jouve,  Anujin Otgontugs, Hassan Eltabie, Mariam Karapetyan, Jonhal Fernandez, Lissi Baez, Dzianis Klimuk, and the country’s Angela Malan and Andile Ndlovu. In certain divertissements, the professionals will be supported by a corps de ballet from local dance schools.

Says Dirk Badenhorst,  “I've always believed in the role of Arts and in particular ballet can play in bringing South Africans and the world together, and started calling it Ballet Diplomacy, but in this exciting partnership with with SA Tourism we are taking it one step further and now it also becomes Ballet Tourism, with outstanding dancers from around the world becoming Ambassadors for this beautiful country”.

The SAIBC International Ballet Gala takes place at Mountain Cambridge School in Hartebeespoort on 5 September at 7pm, at the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland on 7 September at 8pm and at the Legend Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo -Ballet in the Bush - on 9 September at 7pm.Tickets for the Mosaiek Teatro are through Computicket and cost from R120 - R395. For tickets (& workshop info) in Hartebeespoort call Dirk Badenhorst on 0833240940, and for Ballet in the Bush at Legends email or call 0124436700. (please note repertoire is subject to change).


Issued by South African Tourism

For further information contact: 

Thandiwe Mathibela                                                

Tel: +2711 895 3177                                               



South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination. It is headed by Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sisa Ntshona.

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