Rhapsody in Blue | Dance | Indy Week
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Rhapsody in Blue 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 23 2017
Phone: 919-987-9593
Email: lhamilton@cleandesign.com
Price: $31-$84
www.carolinaballet.com/program/rhapsody-in-blue

Funny, I'd never thought of the solo clarinet's chromatic arc at the start of Rhapsody in Blue as a yawn before. But in Zalman Raffael's 2013 ballet adaptation, the lead ballerina illustrated the famous beginning of George Gershwin's suite with a bird-like flutter of elbows from the floor, followed by what appeared to be a long, luxurious morning stretch. At first, jazz and ballet may seem an odd mix, but Gershwin's strict classical structure complements the crispness of Raffael's vision. After placing it on students at East Carolina University last year, Carolina Ballet's choreographer-in-residence has reimagined the work—and resized it for Progress Energy Center's largest stage. —Byron Woods 

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