March 21, 2012

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New Ballets Inspired by Alexander Calder Round out Program

RALEIGH, NC — Carolina Ballet will present Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Carmina Burana, to the pulsating music of Carl Orff, April 19-22, 2012 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center of the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.  Also on the program are premieres of three short ballets inspired by the Alexander Calder exhibit currently running at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.  The schedule of performances is as follows:

                        Thursday, April 19 at 8pm

Friday, April 20 at 8pm

Saturday, April 21 at 2 & 8pm

Sunday, April 22 at 2pm

Carolina Ballet’s production of Carmina Burana premiered in 2001 and has remained one of the company’s most popular programs.  Many companies around the country perform Carmina Burana but Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s version is a contemporary take on Carl Orff’s music that is based on 13th century choral music of medieval monks.  It is accompanied by more than one hundred voices of the North Carolina Master Chorale and by live music under the direction of Alfred E. Sturgis.

Lynne Taylor-Corbett is Carolina Ballet’s principal guest choreographer, and she has created 14 ballets (including Dracula, Carolina Jamboree and most recently The Little Mermaid) on the company since 2000.  Known for her work on Broadway where she was nominated for two Tony Awards as the choreographer and director of Swing!, Ms. Taylor-Corbett has choreographed for every major ballet company in the country.

The second half of the Carmina Burana program is made up of three ballets choreographed by principal dancer Timour Bourtasenkov, company member Zalman Raffael, and Tyler Walters who is the director of Carolina Ballet’s Ruth S. Shur Summer Intensive and a member of the dance faculty at Duke University.  This is the third time that Carolina Ballet has collaborated with the Nasher Museum at Duke University – the previous programs inspired by special exhibits at the Nasher Museum were Don Quixote after the exhibit “El Greco to Velasquez, Art during the Reign of Philip III,” and the Picasso evening of four ballets inspired by the exhibit called “Picasso and the Allure of Language.”   Artistic director Robert Weiss says “this wonderful exhibit of Alexander Calder’s mobiles, sub-titled ‘Form, Balance, Joy,’ lends itself absolutely to ballet, as it emphasizes the graceful juxtaposition of movement and light.”

Timour Bourtasenkov’s ballet called “Calderiana” is to selections of music by the Kronos Quartet; while Tyler Walters has selected the Prokofiev “Flute Sonata” for his ballet, “I Mobile.”  Both Timour and Tyler are recipients of grants from the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute; and each has choreographed at least seven ballets on Carolina Ballet.   This past winter Zalman Raffael created a ballet on Carolina Ballet dancers to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” which he presented in the company’s studio as part of a choreographic workshop. He is using the music of Darius Milhaud for his Calder ballet, titled “The Ghost” after a specific Calder piece.

For information on tickets for the Carmina Burana program, please call the Carolina Ballet box office at 919 719-0900 or Ticketmaster at 800 982-2787.  Ticket prices range from $65-25; and $10 student rush tickets, with valid student ID, are available one half hour before the performance.

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 exposes audiences to traditional ballet by legendary masters and new works of contemporary choreographers.  This fourteenth season represents the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina.

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