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… Continue reading Carolina Ballet Ends Big with “Sleeping Beauty”
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… Continue reading The Carolina Ballet’s Marcelo Martinez Is an Ardent Romeo and Lara O’Brien Is a Winsome 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.
There’s no B side to the Carolina Ballet’s current program and double debut of original work.
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… Continue reading Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker: A little magic, a little tradition, a lot of awe