Season 2021-2022

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

October 14-31, 2021  |  Fletcher Opera Theater

This October, we return to live performances with our new Halloween tradition—The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Artistic Director Zalman Raffael brings Washington Irving’s bone-chilling tale to the stage for fans both young and old.

Fans of the supernatural will enjoy this program of frights and delights that include Robert Weiss’ Lady in the White Veil and The Raven. Spine-tingling and eerie, do not be surprised if you stumble upon an ominous ghost, a creepy blackbird or the Headless Horseman himself!

Unique Departures

Unique Departures/Innovative Variations

November 18-21, 2021  |  Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Join us for innovative variations from our classical ballet repertoire through new ballets from Founding Artistic Director Robert Weiss, Principal Guest Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Carolina Ballet’s Jenny Palmer.

Guest Choreographer Mariana Oliveira will stage our company premiere of her critically acclaimed Pagliacci. Originally created for Milwaukee Ballet, Pagliacci follows a clown’s tragic descent, exposing the human frailty beneath the artist’s mask.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

December 17-24, 2021  |  Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

The Nutcracker is the perfect ballet for the young and young at heart. With illusions created by magician Rick Thomas, made possible by WRAL-TV, ours is one of the only Nutcracker productions with magic performed live onstage.

Whether you are seeing it live for the first time or the 20th, Carolina Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a must-see tradition that reminds all of us that the holidays are a time when families can gather, and dreams really can come true.

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

February 3-20, 2022  |  Fletcher Opera Theater

Carolina Ballet is proud to perform once again the beloved tale of Romeo & Juliet. Set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score, Weiss’ ballet is a faithful retelling that expresses all the drama and pathos, action and tenderness, humor and heartbreak found in this legendary story.

Filled with dramatic sword fights, stunning costumes, lush scenery and breathtaking dance, this ballet underscores the emotion of Shakespeare’s powerful play and brings
to life the love, longing and loss of this epic tragedy.

Snow White

Snow White

March 10-27, 2022  |  Fletcher Opera Theater

The legendary fairy tale of Snow White comes to life in Zalman Raffael’s latest creation, complete with new sets, costumes and of course … the seven of them!

For this long-awaited balletic interpretation of Snow White, Raffael has collaborated again with the award-winning Shinji Eshima—composer of Carolina Ballet’s emotionally moving Bariolage from September 2019—to create a uniquely different musical score. Be sure to bring the whole family as Raffael’s imaginative new
story ballet to Eshima’s innovative music will not disappoint!

Spring Tidings

Spring Tidings of Bach, Chaminade and Glass

April 21-24, 2022  |  Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet presents a new world where Johann Sebastian Bach, Cécile Chaminade and Philip Glass coexist through ballet, featuring Zalman Raffael’s 2016 In the Gray to Glass’ “Violin Concerto No.1” and a new work to Chaminade by Adriana Pierce, choreographer of 2020’s Silence and Song.

The program includes Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Nine By Twelve, which uses instrumental sections from Bach’s music performed vocally by the Four Voices String Quartet. Journey with 12 collaborative dancers as they delve into the different conversations within nine Bach musical selections



May 19-22, 2022  |  Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

We will close our 2021-2022 Season with one of the most celebrated stories ever told through the traditions of classical ballet, Giselle. This program is filled with romance, heartbreak, tragedy and love. First performed in 1841, the choreography used in this production derives from legendary choreographers Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa.

Giselle features the iconic Wilis, ethereal spirits who rise from their graves to dance at night. These supernatural beings are portrayed by a chorus of 16+ ballerinas—all on pointe, all moving together as one. Counted among the greatest masterworks of the classical ballet canon,
Giselle will leave you moved and mesmerized.