Carolina Ballet Presents "Fancy Free" & "Carolina Jamboree" at Durham Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 26

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Dancers exult in the piece that inspired musical “On the Town” before Tony-winning string band The Red Clay Ramblers add bluegrass to ballet

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Expires Apr 26th, 2013. Limit 8 per person. G-Pass not redeemable with mobile app. Use for admission at Durham Performing Arts Center on 4/26 at 8pm. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Ticketmaster's current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. Merchant reserves the right to substitute closer seat assignment. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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The Deal

  • $23 for Carolina Ballet Presents Fancy Free & Carolina Jamboree (up to a $46.40 value)
  • When: Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Durham Performing Arts Center
  • Seating: Orchestra section or side of the grand tier section
  • Door time: 7 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.
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Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.

Fancy Free

Legendary American choreographer Jerome Robbins broke into the field in 1944 with Fancy Free, his first ballet. In the piece, sailors on leave in New York City take a break from boozing to leap and soar in competition for the affections of local girls. A celebration of WWII-era spunk, optimism, and grit—reflected in the urban sets and vintage, streetwear-style costumes of Carolina Ballet’s production—Fancy Free later blossomed into the musical On the Town, which became a film starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Like much of Robbins’ work, the piece fuses classical ballet moves with swinging modern, American influences.

Excerpt from a 2010 Houston Ballet production of Fancy Free

Carolina Jamboree

A Tony-winning string band and frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, the Red Clay Ramblers join up with Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s choreography in a staple of the ballet’s uniquely local repertoire. As the sprawling group of players—together since the 1970s—strum, pluck, and harmonize, dancers clad in Appalachian costumes unfurl folk and ballet moves that testify to the strength of Carolina’s rural forebears.

Red Clay Ramblers open a 2010 performance of Carolina Jamboree

Carolina Ballet

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.

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All Locations

  • Durham Performing Arts Center (224.3 miles)

    123 Vivian St.

    Durham, North Carolina 27701

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