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Broadway Series South will present Emmy Award winner Travis Wall's Shaping Sound: After the Curtain at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 15th, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain Electrified the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Audience on June 15th

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June 16, 2017

The crowd that filled the seats at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, June 15th, buzzed with anticipation. The audience was mostly female, and more than 50 percent of it was also under the age of 21. But all of the audience was more excited than four year olds are about Santa Claus on Christmas morning…. Read More ›

The Carolina Ballet will present Carmen, choreographed by Robert Weiss, with its score performed live by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, on May 18-21 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet’s Carmen Sizzles, Challenges, Romances, and Entertains

When planning a finale, drama and passion are your friends. You use one to balance the other, you up the ante by throwing everything dramatic into the plot, then you up it one more time by adding a healthy dollop of passion. The Carolina Ballet understands drama and passion. They have employed it during this… Read More ›

Meredith College’s DanceWorks 2017 and Its Effect(s) on Me

It could have been a success. Or a catastrophe. I could have left with white knuckles. Or crippling ennui. This is the way with any performance I attend. Of course, I hope every show will be perfect. For the artists’ sake as much as my own. But dance concerts are a real crap-shoot. Last weekend,… Read More ›

The Carolina Ballet will present George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, choreographed by choreographer-in-residence Zalman Raffael, at 8 p.m. April 20 and 21, 2 and 8 p.m. April 22, and 2 p.m. April 23 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet’s Rhapsody in Blue Was a Symphony in Living Color

Carolina Ballet’s artistic director Robert Weiss and choreographer-in-residence Zalman Raffel have gone above and beyond in presenting spectacular new ballets this season; and the latest addition, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue: Unofficial Anthem from the American Canon, opened on April 20th to a delighted Raleigh Memorial Auditorium audience. The pairing of the ballet to Gershwin’s… Read More ›

N.C. State LIVE presented Camille A. Brown & Dancers in Black Girl: Linguistic Play at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25th, in Stewart Theatre in N.C. State University's Talley Student Union in Raleigh

BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play Features Five Well-Trained and Highly Talented Dancers

First up, I will need to admit that I am not by any means qualified as a critic of dance, so have the proverbial “grain of salt” handy. The subtitle of N.C. State LIVE’s Feb. 25th presentation of Camille A. Brown’s BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play created an expectation in me of a something a bit… Read More ›

N.C. State LIVE presented Camille A. Brown & Dancers in Black Girl: Linguistic Play at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25th, in Stewart Theatre on the second floor of N.C. State University's Talley Student Union in Raleigh

Camille Brown’s BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play Is a Captivating Hour of Dance, Beats, and Chants

If I could compare N.C. State LIVE’s Feb. 25th presentation of Camille A. Brown’s BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play to anything it would perhaps be this scene from the 1950 film Summer Stock. Like Gene Kelly investigating a creaky floorboard and an abandoned newspaper, Brown takes it further to delve into the sounds and feeling of… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

Carolina Ballet’s Little Mermaid Is a Classic Fairy Tale with a Progressive Twist

In the land of basketball and BBQ, it is easy to forget that North Carolina also has a notable ballet company. Carolina Ballet’s production of Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Little Mermaid, running Feb. 2-19 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, will delight the young and the young at heart, with its cartoon colors, stunning… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

The Little Mermaid Is a Big Hit for Carolina Ballet

The littlest mermaids were not necessarily on stage Thursday night when the Carolina Ballet premiered its latest ballet of the season, The Little Mermaid, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Little girls in fancy dresses, tutus, and tiaras filled the seats at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater to see (and hear!) one… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet's 15th anniversary production of The Nutcracker is a real crowd-pleaser

The Carolina Ballet’s 15th Anniversary Edition of The Nutcracker Is a Must-See Show

Everyone who makes Carolina Ballet’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker a staple of their holiday festivities comes to the ballet with visions of cupcakes and candy canes dancing in their heads. They were not disappointed by the Carolina Ballet’s 15th anniversary production of their delectable version of the Christmas delight last week at the Durham… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will perform Robert Weiss' Don Quixote on Oct. 13-16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

Carolina Ballet’s Don Quixote Dazzles and Delights

With dynamic dancing, comedic acting, and an eye for the philosophical, Carolina Ballet artistic director and choreographer Robert Weiss has created Don Quixote, his own interpretation of the classic 17th century novel that delighted audiences in 2008 and completely charmed the ballet’s Oct. 13th opening-night audience. This ballet will run through the end of the… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will perform Robert Weiss' Don Quixote on Oct. 13-16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

October 2016 Triangle Dance Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Dance Calendar for the entire month of October 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Claude Debussy's La Mer is a world premiere by Zalman Raffael (photo by Chris Walt)

Carolina Ballet’s Sept. 15-Oct. 2 Performance of La Mer Includes Three World Premieres

Opening night for the ballet means you’re in for a treat, and Robert Weiss’ phenomenal Carolina Ballet didn’t disappoint on Sept. 15th, with the world premiere of choreographer Zalman Raffael’s La Mer. The lovely principal ballerina Lara O’Brien welcomed the audience with the reminder that the Carolina Ballet creates more original ballets each year than… Read More ›

Dorrance Dance performs ETM: Double Down with panache, style, and a rollicking sense of the future

Dorrance Dance’s ETM: Double Down Is Amazing, Awesome, and Out of This World!

With panache, style, and a rollicking sense of the future, Carolina Performing Arts’ presentation of New York City-based Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down stormed the stage on Wednesday night in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Its performance, which it will repeat at 8 p.m. tonight, is amazing,… Read More ›

On July 29th and July 30th, the American Dance Festival presented the Paul Taylor Dance Company, which performed Promethean Fire and other works at the Durham Performing Arts Center)

Paul Taylor’s Timeless Choreography Stole the Audience’s Breath on July 29th at DPAC

With over 144 iconic works in his repertoire, Paul Taylor is one of the most powerful choreographers of the world’s spirit, so it’s not surprising that the Friday night performance, July 29th, at the Durham Performing Arts Center filled the theater with an enthusiastic audience of dancers, choreographers, and Taylor aficionados. The American Dance Festival… Read More ›

On July 22nd and 23rd, Company Wang Ramirez wowed ADF patrons at DPAC (photo by Frank Szafinski)

Company Wang Ramirez Thrilled American Dance Festival Patrons on July 22nd at DPAC

The American Dance Festival, known for bringing the best dancers in the world to audiences in Durham, hasn’t disappointed this season; and the most recent reason for celebrating the beauty of telling stories through dance is the stunning Company Wang Ramirez. The company stunned audiences last year and were invited back to offer another performance… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage George Balanchine's ballet based Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream May 12-15 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet Ends Its Stupendous Season with Balanchine’s Version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Filled as it was with nods to William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, Carolina Ballet’s 2015-16 “Season of Drama” is ending appropriately with the delightful and magical ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as choreographed by the great George Balanchine. With this season’s offerings ranging from this light-and-lovely comedy to the darkly tragic… Read More ›

Marcelo Martinez and Lara O'Brien starred as Lord and Lady Macbeth (photo by Armes Photography)

Carolina Ballet "Seizes the Power" with an Amazing Macbeth

In a tour de force performance, punctuated by stunning sets, haunting music, and powerful balletic drama, The Carolina Ballet thrilled the Durham Performing Arts Center during the Sunday, May 1st, matinee of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The play is the capstone of a tribute to Shakespeare that has spanned artistic director and choreographer Robert Weiss’ plans… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will present Robert Weiss' "dance meditation," inspired by Paul Moravec's 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning score, Tempest Fantasy, on March 3-6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh

Tempest Fantasy Continues Carolina Ballet’s Shakespeare Theme March 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20

Carolina Ballet artistic director and choreographer Robert Weiss has created a Shakespearean theme this year to honor William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616; and the latest ballet showcases another of The Bard of Avon’s great plays: The Tempest. Accompanying the nod to the master’s Tempest is a new… Read More ›

Principal dancers Lilyan Vigo and Marcelo Martinez perform in Love Speaks (photo by 20/20 Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s Love Speaks Is the Ballet of the Season: Eloquent, Funny, and Romantic

What better way to celebrate love during this month of the year than with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, his sonnets, coupled with the Symposium, linked dances based on discussions of the various elements of love? Robert Weiss’ Carolina Ballet did all that and much more with their current triumph, Love Speaks, choreographed by guest… Read More ›

Broadway Series South presented An Irish Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 16th, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

On Dec. 16th, An Irish Christmas Offered Raleigh a Taste of Ireland, Seasoned with a Taste of Christmas

Our first “clue” that Los Angeles-based Kerry Records’ production of An Irish Christmas, presented on Dec. 16th in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium by Broadway Series South, was a Christmas show was the Christmas tree decorated with white lights, tucked over into the front corner of the stage to our right. This feeling was reinforced by the… Read More ›

The Carolina Ballet will present The Nutcracker on Dec. 18-23, 26, and 27 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker, Which Plays in Raleigh Dec. 18-27, Is a Real Treat for the Holiday Season

One of the tried and true holiday spectacles that has lasted for years is the ballet The Nutcracker, and few productions compare to the one directed by Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss. The show, which features amazing illusions and the gorgeous Tchaikovsky score, is a special treat for Carolina Ballet regulars, who see the… Read More ›

The Carolina Ballet will present Beethoven: Symphony No. 9th, with Stravinsky's Petruschka, on Nov. 19-22 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet Passionately Performs Gorgeously Choreographed Works by Beethoven and Stravinsky

One doesn’t expect to go to the circus when attending the ballet, but that’s just what Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss delivers to the audience during the performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9th and Stravinsky’s Petruschka from Nov. 19th to 22nd in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Every inch of the stage is utilized to create… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage Symphonie Fantastique: Un Bal, a world premiere by Robert Weiss, on Oct. 8-25 in Raleigh's A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

Carolina Ballet’s New World Premiere Is Simply Fantastique!

Carolina Ballet’s artistic director Robert Weiss and choreographer-in-residence Zalman Raffael have done it again with Symphonie Fantastique: Un Bal. Another world premiere hit the stage at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater on opening night, Oct. 8th, showcasing two movements from Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, as well as the Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major… Read More ›

Sea nymphs frolic in "Neptune, the Mystic" (photo by Nigel Armes Photography)

The Carolina Ballet Opens Its 18th Season with a World Premiere of “The Planets”

The Triangle is home to a strong community of people in the creative arts; and it was more evident than ever on opening night, Sept. 24th, when the world premieres of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and The Planets lit up the stage at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Two of this area’s brightest stars, Carolina Ballet’s artistic director… Read More ›

The July 18th American Dance Festival presentation of "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host" starred Monica Bill Barnes (left), Ira Glass, and Anna Bass (photo by David Bazemore)

“Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host” Features Dueling Dancers, Radio Skits, and a Trio of Themes

Ira Glass is well known as the National Public Radio host of “This American Life,” which he developed and began broadcasting 20 years ago. Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a dance troupe consisting of two dancers, director/choreographer Monica Bill Barnes and associate artistic director Anna Bass, as well as their supporting crew. Both readily… Read More ›

Shen Wei Dance Arts

Dance Review ~gorgeous visual imagery~ SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS The American Dance Festival was proud to celebrate their 82nd anniversary by kicking off the season with Shen Wei Dance Arts, celebrating their 15th anniversary of their founding at ADF. This incredible performance was held June 11th-13th at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Internationally renowned Artistic… Read More ›

CINDERELLA

  Dance Review ~Every girl should have a fairy Godmother~ CINDERELLA   The Carolina Ballet ended their 2014-2015 dance season on a high note with their new production of Cinderella performed on the stage of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium May 14th-17th.   Carolina Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Weiss took a classic story of true love… Read More ›

Margaret Severin-Hansen starred in "Swan Lake" (photo by The Right Image Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s “Swan Lake” Was Stunning at the Durham Performing Arts Center on May 2nd and 3rd

Everyone knows what to expect from Swan Lake. After all, it’s a classic ballet, composed by the master composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-93) in the Victorian age (1876). Everyone who has ever taken a ballet class longs to be either the white swan or the black swan. The Carolina Ballet knew that they had an immense… Read More ›

The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble

~insightful SOUND~ NORTH CAROLINA YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE   The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble proudly presented their performance of insightful SOUND on the stage of the Carolina Theatre April 25th and -26th. NCYTE’s Artistic Director Gene Medler, and Assistant Director Rachel Teem, brought this high level and captivating show of insightful SOUND to the charming… Read More ›

True Love Conquers All, Carolina Ballet’s “Swan Lake”

The Carolina Ballet magically performed the classic tale of Swan Lake on the stage of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium April 16-19th. Carolina Ballet’s artistic director Robert Weiss brings this classic rendition of Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky’s composition to life masterfully on the stage of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. The Carolina Ballet had the extra pleasure of… Read More ›