CAROLINA CHOOSES STORY BALLETS FROM THE REPERTOIRE FOR 2009-2010 SEASON
Carolina Ballet announces the line-up of productions for the 2009-2010 season, the professional ballet company’s 12th year. Seven productions are planned, plus the annual Nutcracker. While, the majority of the programs have been selected from the company’s repertoire, the schedule does include several premieres. The biggest change for the upcoming season is that Carolina Ballet will perform half of its productions in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater (AJF) of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Robert Weiss explains that “being in Fletcher gives us more performances, allowing our audience the chance to see several casts perform.” The schedule of productions is as follows:
Swan Lake – Sept 17-October 4, 2009; 11 performances – A.J. Fletcher Theater
Choreography, Robert Weiss; Music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Picasso – October 15-November 1, 2009; 11 performances – A.J. Fletcher Theater
Messiah – November 25-29, 2009; 5 performances – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Choreography, Weiss; Music George Frideric Handel
Cinderella – February 18-March 7, 2010, 11 performances – A.J. Fletcher Theater
Choreography, Weiss; Music, Karl Moraski
La Sylphide – April 1-4, 2010, 5 performances – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Choreography, Auguste Bournonville; Music, Herman Lovenskjold
Romeo and Juliet, April 22-May 9, 2010 11 performances – A.J. Fletcher Theater
Choreography, Weiss; Music, Sergei Prokofiev
Sleeping Beauty, May 20-23, 5 performances, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Choreography, Weiss (after Petipa); Music, Tchaikovsky
The 2009-2010 season will showcase “timeless” classics choreographed by founding artistic director Robert Weiss during Carolina Ballet’s first ten seasons. From Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Weiss at the end of the first season in spring 1999 when the News & Observer admitted to writing “an unadulterated rave” for its review calling the ballet “a triumph on several levels;” to Messiah which the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung hailed in 2002 as “choreography Europe needs to see;” to Cinderella (2006) of which The New Republic wrote “is a simple conceit, and in Weiss’ hands is beautifully wrought,” Carolina Ballet has received regional, national and international praise for its story ballets.
Two of the highlights on the season schedule are the Raleigh premiere of La Sylphide choreographed by Auguste Bournonville; and Picasso, a world premiere choreographed by Robert Weiss and sponsored by the Nasher Museum at Duke University. First choreographed in 1832 in Paris, La Sylphide is considered to be the first romantic ballet, and all romantic ballets that have followed are modeled on it. Bournonville created his choreography for La Sylphide to the music by Herman Lovenskjold in 1837 for the Royal Danish Ballet.
Picasso will be presented to coincide with an exhibit at the Nasher Museum – “Picasso and the Allure of Language” – August 20-January, 2010. Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Carolina Ballet’s principal guest choreographer, will also present a new ballet on the La Sylphide program. When Taylor-Corbett created Code of Silence earlier this season the News & Observer hailed as “nothing short of a masterpiece – one that fans will be talking about for years to come.” The new ballet will be Taylor-Corbett’s tenth work created on Carolina Ballet.
Subscriptions go on sale to the general public Monday, May 18 and further information about becoming a subscriber is available by calling the Carolina box office at 919 719-0900. There are many benefits to being a subscriber including being able to buy tickets for Nutcracker before they go on sale to the public. For the upcoming season there will be 14 performances of Nutcracker December 18-27, 2009 at RMA.
In its eleventh season, Carolina Ballet, Inc. has taken its place among America’s premiere arts organizations. Under the innovative direction of artistic director Robert Weiss, a talented company, fiscally responsible management and community support, Carolina Ballet exposes audiences to traditional ballet by legendary masters and new works of contemporary choreographers. The company represents the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina.
For more information visit www.carolinaballet.com