CAROLINA BALLET TO OPEN SEASON WITH AN EVENING OF ROBERT WEISS
RALEIGH, NC— Carolina Ballet is poised to open its 15th anniversary season with an evening of four ballets choreographed by founding artistic director Robert Weiss. The program is made up of two premieres – Intimate Voices to the music of Jean Sibelius; and Meditation on Thais (a pas de deux) to the very familiar music of Jules Massenet, along with two ballets from Carolina Ballet’s repertory Weiss’ Symposium and A Classical Ballet. The program opens Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the A.J. Fletcher Theater of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh and runs through Sunday, September 30, for 11 performances. The schedule of performances is as follows:
Thursday, September 13 at 8pm
Friday, September 14 at 8pm
Saturday, September 15, 22 & 29 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, September 16, 23 & 30 at 2pm
Weiss chose Sibelius’ haunting string quartet to showcase the principals and soloists of his company, telling a story in Intimate Voices of a family gathering to celebrate the birthday of the patriarch of the family. He began the choreography during the two weeks of the company’s summer residency in early July. This ballet and the pas de deux to Massenet’s musical interlude from the opera Thais are the 46th and 47th ballets created by Weiss on Carolina Ballet since the company’s opening in 1998.
The second ballet from Carolina Ballet’s repertory is A Classical Ballet to the music of Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony first presented in 2007. Weiss explains that he was inspired to create this ballet upon the suggestion of a friend, the former music director at Pennsylvania Ballet, who felt that “the short concise movements in the classical idiom would make a perfect classical ballet.”
Perhaps the most significant aspect of this Evening of Robert Weiss program is that it will be the final performances for Weiss’ muse and wife Melissa Podcasy, founding member and principal dancer of Carolina Ballet.
Ticket prices for the Evening of Robert Weiss range from $28-66 and are available by calling the Carolina Ballet box office at 919 719-0900 or through Ticketmaster at 800 982-2787.
At the start of its fifteenth season, Carolina Ballet, Inc. has taken 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 continues to expose 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 in North Carolina.