It took 400 years after the death of the Bard for the stars to align, but Carolina Ballet has realized the impossible–a telling of the story of Macbeth without words. The world premiere performance at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh demonstrated without a doubt that this production will be a favorite in the repertoire for a long time to come. And Manifold Recording has a role to play in realizing that.
As Robert Weiss, Artistic Director and CEO of Carolina Ballet, explains in the performance program:
I have thought about a ballet to this great tragedy for a long time but was never able to find music which I felt really did justice to the story in the way I wanted to tell it. Therefore, I asked composer J. Mark Scearce if he would be interested in creating a score for the ballet. […] We worked together in New York City for six weeks this past summer (on a fellowship from NYU) and in an amazing burst of creative energy, Mark completed the full piano score for the ballet–two hours of music that tells the story in a fluid, dramatic, musical language just waiting to be set to dance.
Mark Scearce fulfilled not only his promise to Robert Weiss, but a promise he made to us as well…