Carmen – The Ballet in Johannesburg from 6 to 15 April

Joburg Ballet and the JPO join forces for Carmen – The Ballet at Joburg Theatre in April


When Joburg Ballet stages South African choreographer Veronica Paeper’s fiery and passionate production of Carmen – The Ballet in Johannesburg from 6 to 15 April, the company will be performing to a live orchestra for the first time in many years. The relaunched Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Brandon Phillips, joins the dancers at Joburg Theatre for all ten performances, bringing composer Georges Bizet’s famous music vividly to life.


Cape Town-born Phillips studied conducting in the US at Northwestern University in Chicago, and as an intern with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.  In 2015 he was appointed resident conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted internationally and also works regularly with a range of SA orchestras and choirs, including the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Unisa Symphony Orchestra, the Free State Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town.

Joburg Ballet Sanmarie Kreuzhuber as Carmen 3
Photo Lauge Sorensen

“Carmen marks the first time in many years that Joburg Ballet will be performing with a full orchestra,” said artistic director Iain MacDonald. “As a dancer, I was often privileged to perform with a live orchestra and know from my own career what a thrilling and enriching experience it will be, for both the company and our audiences.”


Joburg Ballet Revil Yon & Monike Cristina in Carmen Photo Lauge Sorensen


Joburg Ballet offers a range of affordable tickets for Carmen, including 50% two budget priced morning matinees at 11:00, when all seats are just R100, and discounts for pensioners and groups.



Dates, Times, Prices:

Fri 6 Apr at 19:30 – Half Price: R100, R138, R188, R205, R238

Sat 7 Apr, Fri 13 Apr, Sat 14 Apr at 19:30 & Sat 7 Apr, Sun 8 Apr, Sat 14 Apr, Sun 15 Apr at  15:00 – R200, R275, R375, R410, R475

Tue 10 April & Wed 11 April at 11:00 – All tickets R100

Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)

Book now: At Joburg Theatre Box Office; or tel. 0861 670 670; or online at or

Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at


Keep up to date with the company on our social media platforms;,, @JoburgBallet or online at

Wednesday 11 April at 11:00 Sanmarie Kreuzhuber and Leusson Muniz

Friday 13 April at 19:30          Claudia Monja and Leusson Muniz

Saturday 14 April at 15:00      Shannon Glover and Ruan Galdino

Saturday 14 April at 19:30      Sanmarie Kreuzhuber and Leusson Muniz

Sunday 15 April at 15:00         Shannon Glover and Ruan Galdino