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Carolina Ballet Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season

The 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”
Gunter Theatre
Sept. 28-29

“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
Oct. 27

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”
Peace Center
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”
KROC Center
February 2019

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”
Gunter Theatre
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”
Venue TBD
April 2019

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.”

“Dance Fiesta!”
Artisphere
May 2019

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.


Tickets are available at carolinaballet.org.

Carolina Ballet Theatre’s 2017-18 Season Seeks out Ballet Newbies

By Ariel Turner

On the heels of its most successful season in 45 years, Carolina Ballet Theatre’s 2017-18 season announcement reflects the company’s continued effort to appeal to a wider demographic than the traditional dance community.

“We are very interested in spreading the word and seeing dance elevated in Greenville,” says CBT board president Marie Blough. “Greenville is a little behind in interpreting dance, especially ballet. This season is a little something for everyone.”

The 2017-18 season includes three professional shows at the Peace Center: “Snow White: The Ballet,” “The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville,” and “The School of Hard Rocks,” along with several smaller vignettes that are fashioned around important causes, such as Black History Month, mental health reform, and cancer awareness.

To broaden its appeal in 2016-17, the CBT season included cameo appearances by former Clemson University quarterback Tajh Boyd and “The Voice” alum Delvin Choice, along with guest artists from prominent ballet companies. The result: multiple sold-out performances and a boost in ticket sales from the previous year.

And that increased revenue has allowed the company to employ three full-time dancers for the 2017-18 season, Martin Justo-Bernardez, Laura Mortimer, and Meghan Loman.

Blough says this is the first time CBT has been financially able to employ full-time dancers, which will allow the company to engage in more year-round community outreach, possibly even pop-up performances at schools and public locations.

Harnessing the momentum of the past season, the 2017-18 season will also include guest dancers, yet to be announced.

“Snow White: The Ballet” opens the season, Sept. 29–30. Blough describes the work as “dark and comedic,” involving mystery and intrigue. The role of wicked queen/stepmother is danced by a male dancer, while the seven dwarves provide the comedic relief, Blough says.

Read the full article on the Greenville Journal website.

Announcing Carolina Ballet Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season

Carolina Ballet Theatre is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Season. This year’s schedule is packed full of performances that will captivate the Upstate, including three professional shows at The Peace Center, Snow White the Ballet, The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville, and The School of Hard Rocks and several smaller vignettes that are fashioned around important causes, such as Black History month, mental health reform and cancer awareness.

The 2017-2018 Season will officially kick off with a new and unique retelling of the classic fairytale, Snow White the Ballet, by Guest Choreographer from Charlotte Ballet, Mark Diamond. While this story typically portrays the deep envy of the wicked stepmother and the evil that ensues, Mark is able to capture the comedic side of the dwarfs and stepmother (played by a male dancer), the innocence of Snow White and the beauty that true love comes in many formats. The ballet will premier at the Gunter Theatre and will feature three showings, one school show on September 29th and two on Saturday, September 30th..

Back by popular demand, CBT will have three performances of The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville this holiday season. The libretto, adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, is choreographed by Hernan Justo and is based on the original Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov ballet. This season’s adaptation will feature guest artists from nationally renowned ballet companies, celebrity guests, new staging, new costumes, and a surprise musical feature. Perhaps the sweetest treat for all will take place during the Party Scene – side by side with our professional dancers, will be children with special needs performing live. For further details on participating or volunteering with this aspect, please visit: www.carolinaballet.org. The Nutcracker will run December 22nd and the 23rd at the Peace Center.

During February and in honor of Black History Month, CBT will perform Hernan Justo’s new innovative ballet, Black & Beautiful, A Tribute to African American Dancers.  Justo tells the stories of three dancers that shaped our American dance landscape. Date and location to be determined, if interested in partnerships, please contact CBT Board President, Marie Blough at 864-201-2626.

The Spring, 2018 Season continues with an all new rock ballet – The School of Hard Rocks. This energetic explosion of dance, visual art and music is sure to please audiences of all ages. Artistic Director and Creator, Hernan Justo, brings an important anti-bullying message to the stage. He sets this to old and modern well-known rocks ballads while showcasing arts integration to heal relationships. CBT will conduct two performances of the School of Hard Rocks on March 10th.

Throughout the Season, CBT will have the privilege of partnering with area charities and special causes that will unleash the communicative properties of dance to better our community. If interested in learning more, please visit www.carolinaballet.org.

Auditions, ticket sales and volunteer information will be posted on the CBT website in August 2017. CBT is currently seeking any interested Season corporate sponsors or patrons who wish to partner and fulfill meaningful arts in The Upstate. If you are interested in supporting Carolina Ballet Theatre, please visit www.carolinaballet.org.

Carolina Ballet Theatre is also proud to announce new full time employee additions to the professional company.  Martin Justo-Bernardez, from Boulder Ballet, will be moving and joining CBT’s company of dancers for the Season, and Laura Mortimer and Meghan Loman will be promoted to full time CBT Company dancers.

This performance season promises to deliver top of the line productions featuring world-renown dancers, diverse choreography, celebrities, and a variety of artists. The 2017-2018 Season seeks to reinvent ballet as we know it, and is sure to delight all audiences alike.

ABOUT CBT:

Founded in 1972, Carolina Ballet Theatre, a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, serves as Greenville’s only resident professional dance company.  CBT’s mission is to engage, educate and entertain its audiences through the dynamic and healing medium of dance.

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For press inquiries, interviews with Hernan Justo, or information, please contact Marie Blough at (864) 232.2000 // marie@redhype.com

Carolina Ballet Theatre Presents the Jungle Book Ballet

CBT reinvents the Jungle Book and partners with Delvin Choice

Carolina Ballet Theatre’s Spring Season begins with a unique, adaptation of the Jungle Book. This storybook ballet is based on the collection of short stories, written by Rudyard Kipling while drawing influence from many of the famed Jungle Book movies. However, the Jungle Book Ballet, much like many of the Carolina Ballet Theatre performances will contain a unique, Greenville twist.

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