CAROLINA BALLET REVIVES “STUNNING” ROMEO AND JULIET
Hot on the heels of the winter Olympics, Carolina Ballet brings one of the great family rivalries back to the stage, artistic director Robert Weiss’ Romeo and Juliet, featuring the feisty Capulets and Montagues, March 13-30, 2014 at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The production will also be performed at DPAC on May 3. The schedule of performances is as follows:
Thursday, March 13 at 8pm
Friday, March 14 at 8pm
Saturday, March 15, 22 & 29 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 16, 23 & 30 at 2pm
Saturday, May 3, 8pm at DPAC
When Robert Weiss presented Romeo and Juliet to Raleigh audiences at the end of the company’s first season in 1999, the critic for 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.” He went on to say, “this production has it all, presented with a confidence and intensity that belies the company’s 9-month-old performance history.”
It has been four years since Carolina Ballet last performed Romeo and Juliet, but it remains one of the most popular programs in the company’s repertory. Shakespeare’s timeless story of feuding families that sets the stage for the ultimate tragedy of the young, star-crossed lovers is one of the best known and beloved stories of all time. Weiss choreographed scenes in the streets of Verona and at the masked ball when the lovers first meet that are fraught with drama and tension. Beautiful young ladies and dueling gentlemen, poignant pas de deux and swashbuckling sword fights all are augmented by the magnificent score of Sergei Prokofiev.
Weiss feels that performing ballets such as Romeo and Juliet in the Fletcher Theater allows Carolina Ballet the chance to showcase its dancers. Over the three week period, there will be three couples dancing the roles of Romeo and Juliet. “I realize everyone is very busy in the spring but I encourage people to come to more than one show,” says Weiss, “each couple brings so much to the production, it is a shame to only see it once.”
For ticket information, please call the Carolina Ballet box office at 919 719-0900 or Ticketmaster at 919 982-2787. Ticket prices range from $30-68 and $10 student rush tickets, with valid student ID, are available one half hour before the performance. Saturday matinees are $25-58.
After fifteen seasons, Carolina Ballet, Inc. takes its place among America’s premier arts organizations. Under the innovative direction of artistic director Robert Weiss, a talented company, fiscally responsible management and community support, Carolina Ballet exposes audiences to traditional ballet by legendary masters and new works of contemporary choreographers. The company reflects the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina.