A standing ovation filled the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) as the Royal Moscow Ballet returned for another exciting night in Botswana. Almost described as “Wonderland on stage” by attendees, the Royal Moscow Ballet did not fail to please the crowd. 

As it was tradition, the opening act was performed by a local children’s Ballet school, Rosa Ballet, under the directors of the school, Rita Lee and Elizabeth Lee. Rosa Ballet has been teaching ballet to children in primary and secondary in Botswana for over 40 years.

Divided in four acts, the acts gave respect to Russian composer Piotr Tchaikovsky, “Serenade,” being amongst the acts and Black Pas de Deux from the ballet “Swan Lake. The audience was treated to other outstanding reenactments of The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, composed by Great Russian composer of the 1800s, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Each act today a story in its own way and the performers on stage gave it their all. The choreography was dramatic and the music was fittingly inviting, leaving the audience gasping and hooked onto the performances.


The performers stole the hearts of the audience as some were left on their seats well after the show was finished. The audience showed their respect and appreciation for the show as the round of applause went on longer than expected after the final act. Everyone marveled over the perfection of the performers and blatantly blown away by what they witnessed.

Ballet is an art form that sets itself apart from other dance forms as it requires an audience that understands and appreciates that type of art. A story is told through dance and full attention is required to grasp the magic that is Ballet. Over the years, this event has proven to be one of the hottest event in the Arts calendar as it brings together passion for the art of ballet and sophistication, all under one roof.

Botswana was well treated to a night of elegance and it is no doubt that everyone looks forward to another evening of art excellence next year. The Moscow Royal Ballet continued their tour in other Southern African countries.

By: Thabang Sekape