Mark Hawkins’ Thoughts on Hansel and Gretel Concept and Choreography

“I love fiction because it makes you look at your world differently. Fairytales, myths and urban legends are part of who we are – passed on from generation to generation – be it oral tradition, written word or virtual downloads! Like most of the Brothers Grimm fairytales, the story of Hansel and Gretel is dark and compelling. It has all the dramatic elements to construct…

Meet Nigel Hannah – Guest Artist

Born in Bristol, England, Nigel was a student at the Royal Ballet School from the age of twelve where his teachers included Richard Glasstone, Walter Trevor, Piers Beaumont and Terry Westmoreland. He joined the former PACT BALLET (later named The State Theatre Ballet) in 1977, and in 1992 was the first dancer to achieve the status of Character Principal with the company. He has performed…

Meet Andrew Botha – Set, Costume and AV Design

Andrew celebrates over thirty years of designing for all aspects of the entertainment industry. Specialising in large scale design in the fields of Opera, Ballet, Musicals, Plays, Television Specials and Events, his work, renowned for its dazzling innovative edge and originality, continues to draw praise from the public and press locally and internationally. Venues where Botha has worked include Sun City – three extravaganzas, two…

Meet Nik Sakellarides – Composer

South African born composer Nik Sakellarides (Nikki Saks) has spent the last 26 years writing for the film and television industry both in South Africa and the United States. His trademark sound and endless creativity have made him the composer of choice of many agencies and production companies. He has been the recipient of prestigious industry awards both in the USA and in SA. The…