To commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare's death, Carolina Ballet has performed three ballets this season dedicated to the Bard, crowned by the April 14 premiere of artistic director Robert Weiss' Macbeth. The ballet has costumes by David Heuvel and scenery designs by Jeff A.R. Jones, while J. Mark Scearce composed the commissioned score.
Despite Macbeth's rarity in the classical canon, Weiss believes the story lends itself well to dance. “It's about the psychological interdependence between a husband and wife," he says, “which makes for great pas de deux and the heart of the ballet. And, of course, the witches are a great excuse for dancing."