Carolina Ballet: A Balanchine Celebration featuring Rubies
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Robert Weiss: Artistic Director/CEO
George Balanchine: Choreographer
Making their debut at the festival last summer, Carolina Ballet returns by popular demand with A Balanchine Celebration featuring Rubies.
Rubies is one of the three "plotless" ballets that make up the larger program Jewels that premiered at New York City Ballet in 1967. All three ballets are set to the music of different composers. George Balanchine selected music by Igor Stravinsky for Rubies and it is the most American of the three works, evoking the rhythms of American jazz. Balanchine said, "I have always liked jewels…I like the color of gems, the beauty of stones and it was wonderful to see how our costume workshop, under Karinska's direction, came so close to the quality of the real stones (which were of course too heavy for the dancers to wear!)"
About Carolina Ballet
Carolina Ballet is a world-class professional ballet company based in Raleigh, N.C. Since its professional launch in 1997 under the leadership of Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, the company has staged more than 100 world premiere ballets, toured internationally in China and Hungary, and has been acclaimed as one of the premier arts organizations in the country. The organization presents traditional ballets of legendary masters and commissions new works by innovative choreographers. They offer programs for school-aged children and other performance outreach activities for the community.
About the Choreographer
George Balanchine (1904-1983) was the most important choreographer of the last century, a developer of ballet in the United States and co-founder and ballet master of New York City Ballet. He was a choreographer known for his musicality—he expressed music with dance. During his long career he created 465 works, beginning with La Nuit (1920) and ending with Variations for Orchestra (1982).