Dancers use their bodies to express emotions, unlike opera singers, who use their voices, and Punchin' Jack, who only uses his fists. Get an eyeful of art with this GrouponLive 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.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
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.
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
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
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.