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{Firebird} + New Works

Carolina Ballet’s 17th Season is underway, as summer is quickly coming to a close and fall is sneaking in.

Many of the dancers had a 2.5 month layoff this summer, while others worked at the company’s summer program. I enjoyed the month of June in Raleigh teaching my lovely students at CC&Co Dance Complex and the month of July at home in NYC working on my Fordham undergrad degree and spending time with my parents and dear friends. It was a very refreshing variation from my hectic dancer life.

The opening program this September features Artistic Director Robert Weiss’ Firebird and two new works by Weiss and newly-appointed Resident Choreographer Zalman Raffael. (N&O article on Zalman’s new position.) I was cast to dance the principal roles in both new ballets. It was fascinating to observe how both pieces came to life in different processes at different times, but on stage made a great impression.

Thank you Denise Cerniglia for your beautiful photos from this program.

Jan Burkhard and company ladies in Zalman Raffael's premier of "Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 3." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Jan Burkhard and company ladies in Zalman Raffael’s premier of “Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 3.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Company ladies in Zalman Raffael's premier of "Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 3." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Company ladies in Zalman Raffael’s premier of “Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 3.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Adam Schiffer, Lara O'Brien and Marcelo Martinez in Robert Weiss' premier of "Les Saltimbanques; Stravinski Symphony in C." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Adam Schiffer, Lara O’Brien and Marcelo Martinez in Robert Weiss’ premier of “Les Saltimbanques; Stravinski Symphony in C.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Nikolai Smirnov, Elice McKinley, Sokvannara Sar and Lindsay Turkel in Robert Weiss' premier of "Les Saltimbanques; Stravinski Symphony in C." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Nikolai Smirnov, Elice McKinley, Sokvannara Sar and Lindsay Turkel in Robert Weiss’ premier of “Les Saltimbanques; Stravinski Symphony in C.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Jan Burkhard and Pablo Perez in Robert Weiss' premier of "Les Saltimbanques; Stravinski Symphony in C." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Jan Burkhard and Pablo Perez in Robert Weiss’ premier of “Les Saltimbanques; Stravinski Symphony in C.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Margaret Severin-Hansen as the Firebird in Robert Weiss' "Firebird." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Margaret Severin-Hansen as the Firebird in Robert Weiss’ “Firebird.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Company ladies as princesses in Robert Weiss' "Firebird." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Company ladies as princesses in Robert Weiss’ “Firebird.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Marcelo Martinez in Robert Weiss' "Firebird." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Marcelo Martinez in Robert Weiss’ “Firebird.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Company men monsters attacking the Prince in Robert Weiss' "Firebird." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Company men monsters attacking the Prince in Robert Weiss’ “Firebird.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

 

We are getting ready for DRACULA!

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