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Carolina Ballet presents Beauty and the Beast at Raleigh, NC

Carolina Ballet closes its 2008-2009 season with the premiere of artistic director Robert Weiss' "Beauty and the Beast" May 28-May 31, at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

In its 11th season, Carolina Ballet Inc. has taken its place among America's premier arts organizations. Under the innovative direction of artistic director Robert Weiss, a talented company, fiscally ­responsible management and community support, Carolina Ballet exposes audiences to traditional ballet by legendary masters and new works of ­contemporary choreographers. The company represents the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina.

Karl Moraski will accompany the production on Bösendorfer piano

For "Beauty and the Beast," Weiss commissioned a new score from Cary resident Karl Moraski, who will accompany the production on Bösendorfer grand 280, provided for the Carolina Ballet (for the last two years) by Ruggero Piano. Moraski composed the original score for Carolina Ballet's "Cinderella" in 2006.

Carolina Ballet - a virtual mini-United Nations

Carolina Ballet - a virtual mini-United Nations

Carolina Ballet is made up of a company of 31 professional dancers and four apprentices from around the world. Artistic director Robert Weiss calls the company a virtual mini-United Nations with 13 different nationalities being represented. Aside from the United States, these countries are Moldavia, Hungary, Cuba, Uruguay, Canada, China, Paraguay, Russia, the Ukraine, France, the United Kingdom, and Romania where one of the ballet masters is a very famous former dancer. In ten years Carolina Ballet has grown from 20 dancers to the current company of 38 dancers for the start of its second decade.

A wonderful show—with Singing, Dancing, and Whimsical Animal Characters

World Premiere
May 28-31, 2009 Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
at the Progress Energy Center
for the Performing Arts

Choreography: Robert Weiss
Composers: Karl Moraski
Live Music: Karl Moraski (on Bösendorfer)

(Photos: Carolina Ballet)