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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 ›

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 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 ›

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’s Dynamic “Four Seasons” Premier

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

Carolina Ballet is hip, classical, and edgy

“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 ›

Rhapsody at the ballet

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 ›