Two choreographers complement and contrast at Carolina Ballet’s “Firebird”

Carolina Ballet is opening their 17th season with a fabulous mixed bill: a beautifully diverse program that shows the company’s range. The show opens with a ballet by newly appointed choreographer in residence, Zalman Raffael, followed by a new piece by Artistic Director Dr. Robert Weiss, and finishes flamboyantly with the headliner, Firebird, also choreographed… Continue reading Two choreographers complement and contrast at Carolina Ballet’s “Firebird”

Dances with Buckets

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet presented world premiere Ida ? by Emanuel Gat over the weekend. This “playful contemplation on the nature of human relations” sent me running to Urban Dictionary for a new definition of “bucket.” There were two red buckets featured prominently and their only function seemed to be to upstage the dancers. The stage… Continue reading Dances with Buckets

Local Performers at ADF

One of my favorite concerts at the American Dance Festival is NC Dances. For the second year local choreographers were selected and included on the ADF calendar. On Wednesday, June 18 four North Carolina based choreographers performed at Duke’s Reynold’s Industries Theater as part of the almost century old festival known for bringing companies from… Continue reading Local Performers at ADF

Vertigo Dance Company’s arresting historical collage at ADF

Vertigo Dance Company of Israel opened the 81st season of the American Dance Festival with U.S. premiere “Vertigo 20.” Choreographer and Artistic Director Noa Wertheim connected dances from the company’s past 20 years to create a single surreal moving memory book. I’d never seen any of the earlier works that fed into “Vertigo 20” but… Continue reading Vertigo Dance Company’s arresting historical collage at ADF

Carolina Ballet Ends Big with “Sleeping Beauty”

I went to see Carolina Ballet‘s Sleeping Beauty on opening night Thursday, and I liked it so much I’m going back Saturday. Both the dancers and the orchestra had a few missteps Thursday, a refreshing reminder that these skilled and practiced artists are humans performing live. It was, overall, a remarkable performance of fast and… Continue reading Carolina Ballet Ends Big with “Sleeping Beauty”