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‘Midsummer’ marks final dance for Perez

Pablo Javier Perez in the Carolina Ballet’s production of “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Founding company dancer, Perez, will retire after 18 seasons following his performances as Puck in “Midsummer,” a signature role not to be missed.
Pablo Javier Perez in the Carolina Ballet’s production of “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Founding company dancer, Perez, will retire after 18 seasons following his performances as Puck in “Midsummer,” a signature role not to be missed. Chris Walt Photography

What’s On: “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Water Music”

Back stories: In 1962, the great choreographer George Balanchine created his now-classic story ballet, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” to Mendelssohn’s beloved music. The 70-minute work has all the romance and humor of Shakespeare’s original, making it a treat for the whole family. Also, company artistic director Robert Weiss revives his 1987 take on Handel’s “Water Music,” full of courtly dances that evoke elegant fountains and flowing streams.

Look for: Long-time fans of Carolina Ballet will find this program bittersweet because founding company dancer, Pablo Javier Perez, will retire after 18 seasons following his performances as Puck in “Midsummer,” a signature role not to be missed.

Where: Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South St., Raleigh.

When: 8 p.m. May 12-14; 2 p.m. May 14-15.

Tickets and info: $32-$94. 919-719-0900 or carolinaballet.com

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