What’s on: Nine New Ballets by Robert Weiss and Zalman Raffael
Ballet backstory: To find out why Carolina Ballet’s “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” program sold so well last year, the company did research and discovered it was the music’s familiarity. Artistic Director Weiss and choreographer-in-residence Raffael decided to search out music written in dance form by other well-known composers.
This ambitious program premieres five new ballets by Weiss and four by Raffael, set to music by Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and five others.
What to look for: The wide variety in number of dancers and how they are grouped for each piece. A Chopin polonaise uses 12 couples, a Beethoven courtly dance one couple and three male soloists, and a Bach suite one female soloist, one couple and 11 corps members. Also look for these choreographers’ keen skills in matching steps and gestures to the music’s rhythms and moods.
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Where to see it: Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 14 and 21; 2 p.m. Saturday and March 8, 14-15 and 21-22.
Tickets: $26.69-$72.59 (includes sales tax); students $16.01 half-hour before curtain at the theater.
Info: 919-719-0900 or carolinaballet.com