Balanchine Rarities – a magnificent performance of artistry and virtuosity

Glinka Pas de Trois choreography by George Balanchine copyright The George Balanchine Trust Gabor Kapin, Margaret Severin-Hansen, Lilyan Vigo – Photo by Ted Mark Photography

Carolina Ballet‘s production of Balanchine Rarities, a program including 3 works by George Balanchine, Lost and Found by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Moving Life by Robert Weiss, opened to a nearly full house Thursday night, and I expect the house will stay full for the duration of its run. The program began with short ballets by… Continue reading Balanchine Rarities – a magnificent performance of artistry and virtuosity

Carolina Ballet’s Dracula: Not your grandmother’s ballet

Marcelo Martinez as Dracula by Chris Walt Photography

  Carolina Ballet’s Dracula has all the elements of a big screen blockbuster: action, drama, suspense, gore, and sex.  But it also has all the elements of a great classical ballet.  Like Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, Carolina Ballet’s Dracula is a well told story with timeless appeal. Dracula is preceded by the opening ballet,… Continue reading Carolina Ballet’s Dracula: Not your grandmother’s ballet

Carolina Ballet’s Pinocchio Isn’t Just for Kids

Margaret Severin-Hansen as Pinocchio Everyone knows the story of Pinocchio, but rarely has it been told with as much charm and vibrancy as in Carolina Ballet’s production, directed under the sure hand of Bruce Wells. Adults and children alike are dazzled at the sheer magic presented on stage from the opening that bursts with color… Continue reading Carolina Ballet’s Pinocchio Isn’t Just for Kids