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Sunday, January 6, 2019


Russian cultural impresario, Edouard Miasnikov, has announced the 2019 tour of the Royal Moscow Ballet to South Africa presenting three pieces: Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture: Fantasy; the third movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6 (Pathétique); and excerpts from Carl Orff’s scenic cantanta, Carmina Burana.

This tour continues last year’s theme celebrating great Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This time two pieces are on the bill, one of them being Romeo and Juliet which is one of the best loved one-act ballets, featuring a score by Tchaikovsky, based on Shakespeare's tragic tale of star-crossed young lovers.

German composer Carl Heinrich Maria Orff, is best known for his distinctive cantata Carmina Burana (1935) based on 24 poems, mostly boisterous and bawdy, from the medieval collection of texts of the same name. The opening, O Fortuna, was famously used in an iconic advert for Old Spice aftershave and as the X Factor theme.

The Royal Moscow Ballet performs in the Playhouse Opera on March 9 at 14h00 and 18h00. Tickets are on sale through Computicket.