When: Feb. 4-21 2016
THURSDAY, FEB. 4–SATURDAY, FEB. 21
William Shakespeare died exactly four centuries ago this April, but he continues to inspire varied artistic expression (see story, p. 26), from faithful renditions to works that turn Shakespeare into a jumping-off point, like the current Broadway smash Something Rotten or New York's The Sonnet Project, which produced 154 short films based on Shakespeare's fourteen-line poems. Some of the sonnets also provide the basis for Love Speaks, the opening salvo of Carolina Ballet's Spring Shakespeare Festival. Adapting Shakespeare's poetry for a theatrical presentation in which the poems won't actually be heard would seem a formidable task. Yet part of the beauty of Shakespeare's works is their sheer malleability. Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett wrings out the essence of the Bard's love lines through bodily movement and the Baroque music of Vivaldi and Purcell. In the coming months, the festival shifts its tone toward tragedy with the premiere of artistic director Robert Weiss's Macbeth in April, bracketed by two works in which magic plays its part: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tempest Fantasy.
FLETCHER OPERA THEATER, RALEIGH
Various times, $30–$73, www.carolinaballet.com