- One ticket to Carolina Ballet’s “The Four Temperaments”
- When: Saturday, February 21, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.; Sunday, February 22, at 2 p.m.
- Where: Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
- Door time: one hour prior to showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $30–$35 for side-orchestra or balcony rows B–E (up to $60.06 value)
- $45–$49 for the center orchestra or first-row balcony (up to $83.55 value)
- Ticket values vary depending on showtime
- Click here to view the seating chart
By fusing the formal training he honed at Russia’s Imperial Ballet School with the razzle-dazzle movements of Hollywood and Broadway, choreographer George Balanchine changed the face of modern ballet with his unique neo-classical style. In tribute to the man often hailed as the “Father of American Ballet” and the co-founder of the American School of Ballet, the Carolina Ballet presents spotlights a few of Balanchine’s most beloved works, and the works of those taught by the master himself.
- The Four Temperaments: Melancholic. Sanguinic. Phlegmatic. Choleric. Those names may sound like rejects from a Grimm’s fairy tale, but they’re actually the four humors that Hippocrates believed drove every human emotion. In this avant-garde ballet—which first premiered in New York in 1946—Balanchine transforms each temperament into a paired-down piece that has The News & Observer raving: “The purity of the dance and the precision of its execution simply take the breath away. This is prime Balanchine…”.
- Allegro Brilliante: of this vigorously paced dance of romanticism scored by Tchaikovsky’s Third Piano Concerto, Balanchine said, “It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in 13 minutes.”
- Tarantella: for this dramatic version of the Italian folk dance, Balanchine composed a lighthearted piece for athletic dancers
- The Double and Gross Fuge: if these works from Carolina Ballet Artistic Director Robert Weiss—set to the music of César Frank and Beethoven—brim with Balanchine’s flair, it’s because Weiss spent years as Balanchine’s protege and principal dancer
Carolina Ballet has continuously awed audience members with 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.