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Preview: Carolina Ballet

From left, Mikhail Nikitine and Melissa Podcasy in the Carolina Ballet’s production of “Petruschka.”
From left, Mikhail Nikitine and Melissa Podcasy in the Carolina Ballet’s production of “Petruschka.”

What’s on: Carolina Ballet: “Petruschka” and “Beethoven: Symphony No. 9”

“Petruschka” backstory: In 2002, company artistic director Robert Weiss devised a new version of the famous ballet to the raucous, colorful Stravinsky score. The original story of the lonely, awkward Petruschka, hopelessly in love with a beautiful ballerina, here takes place in a “circus of the mind,” where dancers become horses, lions and snake charmers, performing athletic and amusing choreography.

“Beethoven: Symphony No. 9” backstory: Weiss fearlessly took on all four movements of this beloved composition in 2012, creating one of his most inspired ballets. The first movement features an artist pursuing his muse; the second is full of joyous leaping; the third’s loving couple strolls in serenely repeating patterns; the fourth, with the famous “Ode to Joy,” fills the stage with the whole company dancing out dazzling designs.

Where and when to see it: Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 8 p.m. Nov. 19-21; 2 p.m. Nov. 21-22

Tickets: $32.03 to $72.59, including tax (student rush $20)

Info: 919-719-0900 or carolinaballet.com

Dicks: music_theater@lycos.com

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