November 7, 2011

Press Releases


two ballet dancers in cinderella

Margaret Severin-Hansen and Alain Molina by The Right Image Photography

RALEIGH, NC — Carolina Ballet will present one of its most popular programs, Cinderella, for families and their out of town guests over Thanksgiving weekend, November 23-27 (no show on Thanksgiving Day). The program also includes Robert Weiss’ Grieg: Piano Concerto choreographed earlier this year.  The program will be presented at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

            The schedule of performances is as follows:

                        Wednesday, November 23 at 7:30pm

                        Friday, November 25 at 7:30pm

                        Saturday, November 26 at 11:00am and 3:00pm

                        Sunday, November 27 at 2:00pm

When artistic director Robert Weiss decided to create a new Cinderella in 2006 at the close of the company’s eighth season, he commissioned Cary resident Karl Moraski to compose a score for the production.  The classic fairy tale of the scullery maid who turns into a Princess needs no elaboration, but this production offers plenty of energy, humor, elegance and magic to bring it to life in such a way that it appeals to children and adults alike.  Moraski will accompany the ballet on the piano for these performances.

For this season’s production, the role of Cinderella will be danced by Margaret Severin-Hansen and Lara O’Brien; and the Prince will be danced by Marcelo Martinez and Eugene Barnes.  The costumes were designed by David Heuvel, Carolina Ballet’s principal guest costume designer; and the scenery was designed by Jeff A.R. Jones the company’s resident designer. 

The second ballet on the program was premiered by Carolina Ballet in February of this year.  In the ballet notes in the program for Grieg: Piano Concerto, Robert Weiss says,  “considered to be one of his earliest important works, Edvard Grieg premiered his “Piano Concerto in A Minor” in 1869 in Copenhagen at the height of the Romantic era.  I like to think that, although we live in a completely different time and place, there is still the romantic in all of us.”   In his review for the News & Observer, Roy Dicks wrote “the piece evokes the spirit of Bournonville, never focusing on individuals for bravura effect….Weiss purposefully sustains a dreamy world throughout the concerto’s 30 minutes, even in the music’s most dramatic moments.”

The Cinderella production is offered as part of a “family series” with The Little Mermaid (March 15-April 1, 2012) and Beauty and the Beast (May 17-20, 2012).  There is a discount on tickets for those buying the family series package.  For ticket information, 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 thirteenth season represents the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina.

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