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Carolina Ballet Romeo and Julliet

Marin Boieru and Timour Bourtasenkov in Carolina Ballet's Romeo and Juliet, photo by Barbour Photography.

Carolina Ballet is poised to bring artistic director Robert Weiss’ Romeo and Juliet back to the stage April 22 – May 9, 2010 at the A. J. Fletcher Opera Theater of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The schedule of performances is as follows:

  • Thursday, April 22 at 8pm
  • Friday, April 23 at 8pm
  • Saturday, April 24, May 1 & May 8 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sunday, April 25, May 2 & May 9 at 2pm

When Robert Weiss presented Romeo and Juliet to Raleigh audiences at the end of his company’s first season in 1999, the News & Observer hailed it as “simply stunning,” with the caveat “this review is going to be tedious – because it’s all going to be an unadulterated rave.” Roy Dicks goes on to say “this production has it all, presented with a confidence and intensity that belies the company’s 9-month-old performance history.”

Carolina Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Company in Carolina Ballet's Romeo and Juliet, photo by Russ Howe.

It has been five years since Carolina Ballet last performed Romeo and Juliet, but it remains one of the most popular programs in the company’s repertory. Shakespeare’s timeless story of feuding families that sets the stage for the ultimate tragedy of the star-crossed lovers is one of the best known and beloved stories of all time. Weiss choreographed scenes in the ballet in the streets of Verona and at the masked ball when the lovers first meet that are fraught with drama and tension. Beautiful young ladies and dueling gentlemen, poignant pas de deux and swashbuckling sword fights all are augmented by the magnificent score of Sergei Prokofiev.

Carolina Ballet Romeo Juliet

Wei Ni and Margaret Severin-Hansen in Carolina Ballet's Romeo and Juliet, photo by Russ Howe.

When Carolina Ballet took Romeo and Juliet to The Stevens Center in Winston-Salem in the fall of 1999, the late Francis Mason said on WQXR-FM (the radio station of the New York Times) “Weiss has made the best Romeo and Juliet, I believe, since Antony Tudor’s many years ago. He has studied the play and puts into dance the poetry the lovers speak so that when every gesture recurs you know what they are recollecting.” The Winston-Salem Journal wrote following the performance there “Robert Weiss has come up with a total theatrical experience.”

Following Carolina Ballet’s recent production of La Sylphide, the News & Observer said “it showcased the company’s depth of talent and range of styles.” Robert Weiss feels that performing such ballets as Romeo and Juliet in the Fletcher Theater also allows Carolina Ballet the chance to showcase its dancers. There will be at four couples dancing the roles of Romeo and Juliet. “I realize everyone is very busy in the spring but I encourage people to come to more than one show over the three week period,” says Weiss, “each couple brings so much to the production, it is a shame to only see it once.”

For ticket information, please call the Carolina Ballet box office at 919 719-0900 or Ticketmaster at 919 982-2787. Ticket prices range from $63-18 and $10 student rush tickets, with valid student ID, are available one half hour before the performance.

Carolina Ballet, Inc. has taken its place among America’s premier 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. This twelfth season represents the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina.

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