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New dance pairs with old music in Raleigh

Carolina Ballet will perform new ballets by Robert Weiss, left foreground, and Zalman Raffael in Raleigh during March.
Carolina Ballet will perform new ballets by Robert Weiss, left foreground, and Zalman Raffael in Raleigh during March. CHRIS WALT PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

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

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