A ballerina must practice for hundreds of hours in order to perfect her movements, much as a geneticist must create hundreds of abominations before perfecting a clone of his childhood cat. Witness graceful precision with this GrouponLive deal to see the Carolina Ballet's performance of Rhapsody in Blue and December Songs at Fletcher Opera Theater in Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get two tickets for seating in balcony rows G, H, or J (up to a $70.50 value, including all fees).
- For $53, you get two tickets for seating in the left or right orchestra or balcony rows B–E (up to a $107.50 value, including all fees).
Choose between the following dates:
- Saturday, February 16
- Saturday, February 23
Both shows start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Inside the intimate confines of the Fletcher Opera Theater, even audience members perched in the most distant balcony seat are still less than 70 feet from the agile dancers onstage. During Carolina Ballet’s first presentation of the evening, the sure-footed company bounds and twirls in a premiere piece choreographed by fellow dancer Zalman Raffael. The fluid movements are set to the strains of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a sweeping, jazz-influenced creation whose unmistakable strains have influenced artists from AC/DC to R.E.M.
Following the uplifting piece, December Songs appeals to audiences’ senses with the stirring music of Maury Yeston, the choreography of Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and the striking vocals of Broadway star Lauren Kennedy. Yeston’s songs tell the story of a young woman, heartbroken and adrift in a snowy Central Park, as she slowly regains her inner strength through self-determination and heart-to-heart talks with wise, anthropomorphic snowmen. The program concludes with Code of Silence, another work by Taylor-Corbett.
From its humble beginnings in 1984 as an outlet for student performances to its current status as a professional ballet company, the Carolina Ballet has continuously awed audience members with its performances of classic pieces such as Carmen, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Artistic director Robert Weiss helms the graceful outfit, often staging his own choreography. Symposium was particularly memorable for its use of “Serenade” by Leonard Bernstein and its finale, in which dancers leapt over lecture podiums.