The Queen Show Review

The Mzansi Ballet presents The Queen Show, and with exquisite dancers that you can’t take your eyes off and music that keeps you jiving in your seat all night long, this one is for the whole family!

Director of Mzansi Ballet and Founder and CEO of the South African International Ballet Competition Dirk Badenhorst has a lot to be proud of in his incredible team and this all round wonderful show. 

The show opens Act One with full company to Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona, and some stunning costumes by David Hutt that embody the fluidity of a classical ballet costume while adding a modern touch. Then you watch the dancers come alive to the inspiring song Don’t Stop Me Now, and one couldn’t stop oneself smiling back at them having such fun on stage. Tsebang Sipambo’s stage presence stole the show in Somebody to Love, while  the lighting in Killer Queen really set the most perfect tone – how wonderful it is that the magic of lighting designer Simon King can really bring change the way you see the performers! In Who Wants to Live Forever, the lighting and the essence of the movements of the three strong men (Javier Monier Jouve Jr., Aviwe November, and Sikhumbuzo Hlahleni) left me with goosebumps – incredible! With everyone back on stage for The Millionaire Waltz, I was impressed by how well the dancers used the stage and space of the Pieter Toerien Theatre, making it feel so much larger than it really is, so credit for this to choreographers Angela and Michael Revie. You Take My Breath Away, predictably, did exactly that, with inspirational chemistry, attention to detail, and care shown between dancers Angela Malan and Michael Revie. Radio Ga Ga was another piece filled with fun and I think I caught a few people in the audience singing along, too!

Act Two started with the all time favourite and classic Bohemian Rhapsody, followed by a duet to Too Much Love Will Kill You. A showstopper where Lize Mentz performed a pointe solo to Love of My Life in a beautiful costume designed by David Hutt. You could feel her love of dance through each step and her ethereal energy extending far beyond her fingertips. The rest of the company joined Lize on stage in a classical piece, My Melancholy Blues, where Cassidy Ries and Alison Smith were so sleek. In the Finale, I Was Born to Love You, I was again struck by just how much fun everyone on stage was having, and the great time the audience was having feeding from their energy and spirited music. I was sad that it was already over – time most certainly flies when you are having fun!

Each dancer on stage was extremely talented and so privileged to work with Director Dirk Badenhorst, choreographers Angela and Michael Revie, and dance alongside the graceful and talented Angela Malan. I cannot forget to mention the endless number of fouettes that Paige McElligott pulled off effortlessly and that if you keep your eye out for the acrobatics over the props, you might just see a display of effortless strength from choreographer Michael Revie himself!

This show is definitely a must see and if you can’t make it to the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino for this show, if this is anything to go by, keep a look out for the next performance from Mzansi Ballet!

The Queen Show is on from January 8-19. Tickets are available from the box office and Computicket.

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