he 46th year of The Carolina Ballet Theatre will feature six performances during the 2018-19 season: three family-oriented inspired by classic Disney stories and three community-driven raising awareness about causes worth celebrating.
A fundraiser costume party that will include company performances will also be held near Halloween.
Performances will be held at The Peace Center, the KROC Center, and The Wilkins House, and each highlights a unique part of the Upstate.
“Peter Pan: The Ballet”
“Peter Pan: The Ballet” is a retelling of Sir J. M. Barrie’s classic story about the boy who never grew up and the adventures that ensue. Directed by choreographer Laszlo Berdo and featuring a special guest, this show will appeal to both the young and young at heart.
Thrills & Chills: Halloween Costume Fundraiser
The Wilkins House
The first Carolina Ballet fundraiser will be a high-end, costumes-required event, complete with an online auction, company performances, and a special flash-mob return of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
“The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville”
Nov. 23 and 25
Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet has been reimagined by artistic director Hernan Justo with a Disney-inspired theme coinciding with the release of Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” on Nov. 2. Guest dancers to be announced.
“Black & Beautiful: A Tribute to African-American Dancers”
Honoring Black History Month for February 2019, CBT will perform Hernan Justo’s original ballet, “Black & Beautiful: A Tribute to African-American Dancers.” Opening with “We the People,” the ballet becomes a ballad of America’s soul, featuring African-Americans who shaped the identity of the United States while forging their own.
“Cinderella: The Ballet”
March 8-9, 2019
The Grimm fairy tale of how an abused girl rises above her circumstances to triumph over those who hurt her, “Cinderella: The Ballet” is a family-oriented story and a statement to society about the strength girls possess. This ballet is also choreographed by Justo.
“Celebrating Women: Honor Ballet”
As the dignity, voice, and agency of women everywhere are being widely recognized, cherished, and defended, this performance will commemorate the many causes for awareness during the month of April. Musical selections for this contemporary dance will include Queen’s “Somebody to Love.”
Carolina Ballet Theatre will perform with the Jaramillos Latin Dance Company, showcasing the beauty of Latin culture through sound, color, rhythm, and passion. Honoring the Hispanic community’s heritage, Hernan Justo has created a performance that will recognize and highlight the full breadth of the vibrant Upstate community.