Review: Joburg Ballet’s Don Quixote: A Performance to Remember

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Don Quixote at the Johannesburg Theatre, masterfully presented by the Joburg Ballet, was an absolute spectacle! Witnessing such a performance felt like being enveloped in a world of magic and wonder. I count myself incredibly fortunate to have been present on that special night when the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra played live, harmonising flawlessly with the dancers. The music’s ebb and flow, intertwined with the dancers’ graceful movements, created an atmosphere so immersive, it was as if we were all transported into the story itself. And to experience this orchestra live for the first time? Simply breathtaking! Their collective talent knows no bounds.

Manuel Noram, taking on the role of Don Quixote, was a perfect casting. He channelled the dreamy knight-errant with such depth of emotion and power that it was impossible not to be completely engrossed in his portrayal. Thabani Ntuli’s Sancho Panza was the perfect comedic counterpart, their chemistry quite visible, making every scene they shared an absolute delight.

Tammy Higgins, embodying Kitri, was a force to be reckoned with. Every move, every pirouette was executed with fervour and precision. When paired with Revil Yon’s charismatic Basilio, the stage was alight with energy. Yon’s raw dynamism and undeniable charm resonated throughout the theatre, creating an electric atmosphere. I’m certain I wasn’t the only one feeling the pull to join in the dance! Not only did this pair perform well together, but they physically looked like they were having the best time of their lives on stage!

The ensemble cast was equally captivating. Christopher Montague, as Lorenzo, brought depth and warmth, while Craig Pedro’s Gamache had the audience in stitches with his comedic flair. Ivan Dominicano showcased his incredible versatility as the street boy, and Monike Cristina’s Mercedes exuded sultriness. Bruno Miranda’s Espada was the epitome of machismo, and the delightful duo of Savanna Ireland and Cristina Nakos added a sparkling touch to the performance.

Special mention must go to Nicole Ferreira-Dill’s Queen of the Dryads and Erica Vadelka’s Amour Cupid. Their ethereal performances felt as if they’d stepped out of a dream, adding a touch of enchantment to the evening. The Joburg Ballet’s Don Quixote was nothing short of a masterpiece. It was a heartwarming celebration of love, dreams, and the indomitable spirit of adventure. Leaving the theatre, my heart was overflowing with joy, and there was a spring in my step, eager to dance. That’s exactly what you would want leaving such a special production to head back home.

With the visionary Elroy Fillis-Bell now at the helm as CEO, the future of Joburg Ballet looks incredibly promising. Filled with high energy, positivity, and great excitement for what’s on the horizon, I am genuinely looking forward to seeing what he will bring to the table over the next year. His journey at the Joburg Ballet is one I’m eager to follow, as it’s clear he’s someone who’s passionate about the art and its potential.

Go and enjoy Don Quixote, it really is a show worth every second.

Here are the remaining dates, times and cast details:

  • Wednesday 4 October at 11h00
  • Thursday 5 October at 11h00
  • Friday 6 October at 19h00
  • Saturday 7 October at 14h00
  • Sunday 8 October at 14h00

Book your tickets at the Joburg Theatre Box Office, on 0861 670 670, and online at

Shaun Zietsman

Blogger and Content Creator from Johannesburg, South Africa.

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