2013-2014 Season

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2013-2014 Season

Always a moving performance

2013-2014 Season

2013-2014 Season Subscriptions on sale now

We are having a spectacular 15th anniversary season, and we are delighted to announce the lineup for the 2013-2014 season. One of the achievements of our 15 years has been the volume of our new works; during this time we have created more ballets than any U.S. company with the exception of New York City Ballet. Next season we will reprise several of our most popular full-length story ballets choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Weiss.

Single tickets go on sale August 26, 2013


A Balanchine Celebration featuring Rubies

Since our inception, Carolina Ballet has presented 22 amazing ballets by the great George Balanchine. This season we will bring back Rubies from Jewels, not seen in Raleigh for 10 years. Set to the music of Igor Stravinsky, this is one of Balanchine’s masterpieces. Artistic Director Robert Weiss says Rubies is a “totally classical ballet that really incorporated jazz in a seamless manner.”

Octo​ber 10–27, 2013 at Fletcher Opera Theater


Thanksgiving weekend starts the holiday season with the return of Messiah, set to Handel’s magnificent score. Messiah will be accompanied by live music and the 130 voices of the North Carolina Master Chorale. It has been praised nationally and internationally by both audiences and critics. “The ballet’s essence is deeply ethical. It is a celebration of human dignity, human generosity, freedom of thought, and tolerance, both religious and political.” (Marija Janokvic, Ballet Review, Fall 2002)

November 27–December 1, 2013 at Raleigh Memorial Auditor​ium

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (World Premiere)

As with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Robert Weiss has selected one of the great works in the classical canon on which to create his newest ballet. Even if you’ve never heard Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, you will readily recognize the seasons in the music. In addition, Zalman Raffael, who contributed this season’s Rhapsody and A Street Symphony, will also create a new work for the company.

Feb​ruary 13–March 2, 2014 at Fletcher Opera Theater

Romeo and Juliet

Robert Weiss’ Romeo and Juliet, danced to the powerful Prokofiev score, has mesmerized audiences in the grandest manner with choreography “that is thrillingly right for every moment, from the ribald humor of the street dancers to the aching romance of the star-crossed couple and to the angry rivalry of the feuding families.” (News & Observer, May 1999)

March 13–30, 2014 at Fletcher Opera Theater
May 3, 2014 at Durham Performing Arts Center

Sleeping Beauty

One of the most beautiful of the classic fairy tales, Robert Weiss’ Sleeping Beauty, to the magnificent ballet score of Tchaikovsky, was faithfully conceived in 2008. Closely following the choreography of Marius Petipa, Weiss keeps the ballet current and fresh. “All the big moments—the Lilac Fairy’s solos, Aurora’s “Rose Adagio”, the Blue Bird sequence, and the wedding pas de deux—are there.” (News & Observer, May 2008)

May 15–18, 2014 at​ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium


Carolina Ballet’s magical Nutcracker continues to amaze audiences as they ask, “How did they do that?” This past season’s Nutcracker was an even bigger success than when the magic was first presented in 2011. Subscribers get first choice of seats before they go on sale to the general public. Don’t miss out!

December 7 & 8, 2013 at UNC Memorial Hall
December 14 & 15, 2013 at Durham Performing Arts Center
December 20–29, 2013 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

We are delighted to have you as a member of our Carolina Ballet family and look forward to seeing you next season.