Tag: Robert Weiss
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.
There’s no B side to the Carolina Ballet’s current program and double debut of original work.
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 ›
It’s been eight years since my one viewing of Carolina Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, so there is much that I’d forgotten about Robert Weiss’ version of the holiday classic, which resembles the George Balanchine/New York City Ballet version more than the classic Ivanov/Petipa version with which I and many ballet goers are familiar. Although… Read More ›
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 ›
George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is a performance with a wow factor that can singularly herald the Christmas season. Some of its elements are among the most recognizable in sacred music. The “Hallelujah” chorus, recognizable to everyone, is the most powerful in Western music. Combine that incredible history and amazing music with an inventive ballet that… Read More ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Every program has been a different experience this season at the Carolina Ballet. The two works in the current production, Fancy Free and Carolina Jamboree, are as different from each other as they are from previous programs. What they have in common is that they are fun non-traditional ballets. Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free is a jazzy… Read More ›
“I know I can… be what I want to be.” The truth of these words from I can by Nas is evident for Carolina Ballet dancers. They are presenting three new and innovative ballets in this season’s fifth program. They can be urban street, pure and classical, and accessories to unadulterated acts of nature. A Street Symphony, choreographed… Read More ›
A dance can change the way you hear a familiar piece of music. A skilled choreographer can use a subtle movement to draw your attention deep into the song, to a sound you’d never noticed,or move the dancers as if their bodies are singing, keeping you wrapped in the melody. Carolina Ballet’s Rhapsody, a new… Read More ›
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 ›
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 ended its 14th season with two original ballets by artistic director Dr. Robert Weiss. Beauty and the Beast was the opener, and went on a little too long. But it proved to be worth the wait for Weiss’s world premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Beauty, danced by Margaret Severin-Hansen, was the youngest… Read More ›
The dancers and choreographers of Carolina Ballet brought the abstract art of Alexander Calder to moving life over the weekend. In one of their most unique and outstanding performances, the company presented three new works by three different choreographers based on the art of Calder, inventor of the mobile. Some of his work can be… Read More ›
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 ›
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 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 ›
Lilyan Vigo, Gabor Kapin and Company in Carolina Ballet‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Choreography by George Balanchine (c) The George Balanchine Trust; Photo by Russ Howe Carolina Ballet is closing its 13th season this weekend with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an original story ballet by great choreographer George Balanchine. Included in the program are several… Read More ›
Dancers. Choreography. Skill. Artistry. These are the simple ingredients in Carolina Ballet’s original homage to the French painter Claude Monet. A ballet more abstract than more familiar and traditional ones such as the Nutcracker or Sleeping Beauty, it is complete in its simplicity. The first half, Picnic on the Grass, with original choreography by Lynne… Read More ›
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 ›
Audience members who simply want to be treated to season-appropriate thrills and chills get their wish, but there are also deeper meanings to explore.
When Robert Weiss presented Romeo and Juliet to Raleigh audiences at the end of his company’s first season in 1999, the News & Observer hailed it as “simply stunning,” with the caveat “this review is going to be tedious – because it’s all going to be an unadulterated rave.”
CAROLINA BALLET TO PRESENT RALEIGH PREMIERE OF LA SYLPHIDE The “Granddaddy” of all Romantic Ballets One of the most eagerly anticipated programs of Carolina Ballet’s 2010 spring season is the Raleigh premiere of the 1836 ground-breaking romantic ballet, La Sylphide, choreographed by Auguste Bournonville to music of Herman Lovenskjold. This program, to be presented at… Read More ›
During Marcelo Martinez’s final season with the Washington Ballet in 2007, Washington Post Staff writer Sarah Kaufman observed, “(he is) an underused dancer with flamboyant technique and a sweet crooked smile.” The latter two descriptors are still true, the first is not: Martinez is no longer underused. He joined Carolina Ballet for its 10th season… Read More ›
“A Production so Imaginative and Stunning that its for the History Books* “
When the lights dim and the curtains open on Carolina Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker on Friday, December 18, one can expect many gasps and excited exclamations
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.
Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker premiered on Friday, December 18 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. The snow that lined the streets of Raleigh that evening may have added to the audience’s excitement, but one can be certain that Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker is pure Christmas joy all on its own. The show, under the artistic direction of… Read More ›