O Fortuna! Great ballets by great choreographers. Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s stunning work set to Carl Orff’s scenic cantata Carmina Burana takes the stage backed by the North Carolina Master Chorale,
vocal soloists, and a powerful orchestra, all conducted by Music Director Alfred E. Sturgis.
The second half of the Carmina Burana program is made up of three ballets inspired by the Alexander Calder exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University choreographed by principal dancer Timour Bourtasenkov, company member Zalman Raffael, and Tyler Walters, the director of Carolina Ballet’s Ruth Shur Summer Intensive and a member of the dance faculty at Duke University. This is the third time that Carolina Ballet has collaborated with the Nasher Museum – the previous programs inspired by works at the museum were Don Quixote after the exhibit “El Greco to Velasquez, Art during the Reign of Philip III,” and the Picasso evening of four ballets inspired by the exhibit called “Picasso and the Allure of Language.” The exhibit of Alexander Calder’s mobiles, sub-titled “Form, Balance, Joy,” lends itself absolutely to ballet as it is all about the graceful juxtaposition of movement and light.
Timour Bourtasenkov’s ballet called Calderiana is to selections of music by the Kronos Quartet; while Tyler Walters has selected the Prokofiev “Flute Sonata” for his ballet, I Mobile. Both Timour and Tyler are recipients of grants from the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute; and each has choreographed at least seven ballets on Carolina Ballet. This past winter Zalman Raffael presented a choreographic workshop ballet that he created on Carolina Ballet dancers to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” He is using the music of Darius Milhaud for his Calder ballet entitled The Ghost. The choreography for these three ballets begins the week of March 19.
Carmina Burana Ticket Pricing
Prime Orchestra $65
Orchestra Balance $40
Side Mezzanine $30
Lower Balcony $30
Upper Balcony $25
Performances of Carmina Burana
Thursday Evening, April 19 8:00 p.m.
Friday Evening, April 20 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Matinee, April 21 2:00 p.m.
Saturday Evening, April 21 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinee, April 22 2:00 p.m.