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Celebrate Halloween with Carolina Ballet’s Spooky Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Haunted Tales in Fletcher Opera Theater

The Carolina Ballet is officially my favorite destination in the Triangle for a classy, artistic, gorgeous version of the usually icky, spooky, gross Halloween festivities. This year’s choice to celebrate their 20th anniversary season with three appropriate yet not-the-usual-Dracula ballets is a great one, and the nearly full house for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow… Read More ›

Old and New Carolina Ballet Stars Twinkle Brightly in The Ugly Duckling and Three Other Ballets in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

The 20th season of the Carolina Ballet of Raleigh, NC might prove to be its most interesting one yet, artistic director Robert Weiss told the audience on opening night of The Ugly Duckling. “We have a mix of new and old,” he reported. Ballets in the 2017-18 season include the gorgeous Weiss-choreographed Messiah; the Valentine’s… 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Carolina Ballet will present "Master Composers: Music for Dance" on March 21st and 22nd in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh

Carolina Ballet’s “Master Composers” Is Masterfully Danced in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh

Before each performance at the Carolina Ballet, artistic director Robert Weiss comes out onstage to introduce the performance. The most recent performance appears to be especially close to his heart, perhaps because all of the music, classical and composed originally for dancing, was researched and chosen by Weiss himself and choreographed for the Carolina BalletRead More ›

"Allegro Brillante" showcased the talents of ancers Richard Krusch and Margaret Severin-Hansen (photo by Armes Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s “Four Temperaments” Tantalizes

On Valentine’s Day, lovers and friends join together in a celebration of all that is romantic and beautiful in the world. What better place to celebrate that occasion than at a performance of the Carolina Ballet? To extend that feeling of love and romance, one only needs to take advantage of the three remaining performances… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" on Nov. 28-30 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, on Dec. 6th and 7th in UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall, and on Dec. 19-23 and 26-28 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s “Nutcracker” Dazzles and Delights

In the ballet world, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until the first performance of The Nutcracker, so let the reveling begin, because the Carolina Ballet’s performance of the traditional holiday ballet delighted the full house last weekend at the Durham Performing Arts Center and started the season in great style. With sumptuously gorgeous sets, a… Read More ›

Marcelo Martinez, shown here in the 2010 production with Lilyan Vigo, reprises his role as Count Dracula in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's version of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

Lynne Taylor-Corbett Skillfully Stages Carolina Ballet’s Elegant and Eerie Version of “Dracula”

On Thursday, Oct. 9th, Carolina Ballet ushered in the season of ghosts and ghouls with its elegant and eerie production of Dracula, presented in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in downtown Raleigh, NC. Skillfully choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the ballet features J. Mark Scearce’s suspenseful score, David Heuvel’s always-luscious costume designs, impressive lighting effects by… Read More ›

Margaret Severin-Hansen and Marcelo Martinez star in "Dracula" (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

“Dracula” Swoops in Dramatically to the Carolina Ballet

On Oct. 9th, plague and vampires came to the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh via the guise of the Carolina Ballet, and they will stay to seduce audiences and produce passionate performances until Oct. 26th. The two ballets, based on classic horror stories written by Edgar Allan Poe (The Masque of the Red Death)… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet’s “Firebird” Sizzled at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater on Sept. 11-28

From Sept. 11th to 28th, the Carolina Ballet offered three balletic jewels to enraptured audiences in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, NC. Few realize the true gem Raleigh has under Robert Weiss’ artistic direction. With 17 years at the helm of the Carolina Ballet, one would believe that he would be slowing down… Read More ›

Marcelo Martinez (left) and Richard Krusch will star in Carolina Ballet's production of "Firebird," on Sept. 11-28 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s Production of “The Firebird” Was Very Pleasing to Watch and Very Beautifully Danced

Carolina Ballet opened its 2014-15 season with a mixed repertory evening anchored by Firebird, set to Igor Stravinsky’s iconic score of the same name. The performance, presented at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in downtown Raleigh, also featured two new ballets: a Brahms piece choreographed by Carolina Ballet’s new choreographer-in-residence, Zalman Raffael, and another Stravinsky… 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 ›

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle is accompanying the Carolina Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" on May 15-18 (photo by Christ Walt Photography)

Every Aspect of Carolina Ballet’s Production of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” Is a Delight

Carolina Ballet is closing its 2013-14 season with its production of Sleeping Beauty, presented in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium with live accompaniment by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Every aspect of the production was a delight, from the performances to the luscious costumes to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss, although adding… Read More ›

Dancers for Carolina Ballet's current production of "Romeo & Juliet," choreographed by Robert Weiss, include Adam Schiffer (left) and Marcelo Martinez (photo by Black Horse)

The Carolina Ballet’s Marcelo Martinez Is an Ardent Romeo and Lara O’Brien Is a Winsome Juliet

I had misgivings upon learning that Carolina Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet would be presented in the A. J. Fletcher Opera Theater instead of Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. After all, this is a full-length ballet, which typically calls for a large cast, multiple scene changes, and dancing on a grand scale. The choice of venue… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Lara O’Brien is as light as a feather in her moving performance of Juliet in Carolina Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, which opened tonight in Raleigh and runs through March 30.

Carolina Ballet’s Dynamic “Four Seasons” Premier

There’s no B side to the Carolina Ballet’s current program and double debut of original work.

Dancers for the "Summer" segment of the Carolina Ballet's world premiere of Robert Weiss' "Vivaldi's Four Seasons" include Ashley Hathaway, Cecilia Iliesiu, and Lindsay (photo by Armes Photography)

The World Premiere of Robert Weiss’ “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” Is a Welcome Treat in the Snowy Triangle

After a day’s delay due to snow, Carolina Ballet opened its newest repertory program, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, in Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater on Feb. 14th (I attended the matinee on the 16th) and brought a welcome treat for previously snowbound patrons. Corps de ballet member Zalman Raffael’s Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 was first… Read More ›