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Carolina Ballet will stage Handel's Messiah, choreographed by Robert Weiss, on Nov. 24-26 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

The Carolina Ballet’s Messiah Is Stunning

The Carolina Ballet’s version of Handel’s Messiah, which opened on Nov. 22nd and runs for four more performances on Nov. 24-26 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium is a brilliant representation of the arts of dance, music, art, literature. This holiday tour de force, directed and choreographed by Robert Weiss, with assistance from choreographers Timour Bourtasenkov, Amy… Read More ›

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… Read More ›

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… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker: A little magic, a little tradition, a lot of awe

The Nutcracker is a magical ballet about a little girl, Clara, whose family hosts a Christmas party. Throughout the ballet, toys, snowflakes, sweets and flowers come to life. Clara receives princess treatment as they guide her out of her 1800’s home somewhere in Europe and through enchanted lands. The ballet begins with the Party, during… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet Exalted

To set out to choreograph and dance the greatest story ever told would seem like a daunting task, particularly when that story is set to the grand music of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. The success of Carolina Ballet’s Messiah (choreographed by director Robert Weiss) is in the subtle telling of the story. The story of… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet’s Gypsies and Jewels

The five ballets by George Balanchine that are part of Carolina Ballet’s Rubies program are humorous, sensual, dramatic, playful, and never trite, even when venturing into stories of love triangles and dancing dolls. Raymonda Variations, a collection of dances to music of Alexander Glazounov, was a striking visual treat, with gorgeous aqua-colored costumes against a… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet’s Giselle is grand and iconic

Margaret Severin-Hansen and Gabor Kapin in Giselle When I watched the movie Casablanca for the first time I found I already had some familiarity with many iconic lines and scenes. Giselle may be the Casablanca of ballets. The romantic era ballet contains many of the images that have come to represent ballet, giving it an… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet and the Gift of Balanchine

Although choreography by George Balanchine has been a part of the Carolina Ballet repertoire for all of its fourteen seasons, these performances continue to be a rare treat. Unlike the work in literature or on canvas of great artists, a dance is fleeting. On opening night of Carolina Ballet’s A Balanchine Celebration the dancers captured… Read More ›

The Many Sides of Robert Weiss

Opening night of An Evening of Robert Weiss demonstrated that as they begin their 15th anniversary season, Carolina Ballet will continue to keep audiences interested, entertained and educated. Dr. Robert Weiss, founding artistic director of Carolina Ballet, has created more than 45 pieces for the company in the last decade and a half, from short… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet’s The Little Mermaid, or “The Earthling and the Singing Sensation”

                                                      Carolina Ballet’s The Little Mermaid is definitely something different.  The new ballet choreographed by Lynn Taylor-Corbett is a colorful, fully-narrated, slightly gaudy children’s ballet. Elaborate costume design by… Read More ›

Balanchine Rarities – a magnificent performance of artistry and virtuosity

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… Read More ›

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

  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,… Read More ›

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… Read More ›

What goes into the Magic of the Nutcracker Ballet

Your spirit will be transfixed, and you may wish it would last forever. You will return to your daily life with a bittersweet awareness that what you have experienced was indeed magical.