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… Continue reading Carolina Ballet Exalted

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… Continue reading Carolina Ballet’s Gypsies and Jewels

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… Continue reading Carolina Ballet’s Giselle is grand and iconic

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… Continue reading Carolina Ballet and the Gift of Balanchine

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… Continue reading The Many Sides of Robert Weiss