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Serenade / Carmina burana

Serenade | Carmina burana

There are no performances listed for Serenade / Carmina burana

In the year that marks Director David Bintley's 20th year with Birmingham Royal Ballet, this programme celebrates this two-decade-long relationship by combining an early piece by one of Bintley's heroes, George Balanchine, with the first ballet Bintley created for the Company as Director, Carmina burana.

In Carmina burana an encounter with the mind-blowing Goddess Fortuna deals three seminarians a major lesson in the fickle nature of fate. Compelled to abandon their sacred studies to pursue a more sensual approach to life, forbidden pleasures and physical temptations quickly become the young men's most eager areas of revision. Soon the young celebrants are soaring with passion, love and alcohol.

Carmina burana is a thrilling, large-scale production, danced to Carl Orff's dramatic and emotionally charged choral music, for which the Royal Ballet Sinfonia are joined by Birmingham's Ex Cathedra. Inspired by the satirical writings of medieval priests, Orff's rousing choral tour de force is a feast in its own right. Bintley's breathtaking choreography ensures an unforgettable experience that has been astonishing and delighting audiences for nearly 20 years.

London Season generously supported by Aud Jebsen.

'A great favourite with audiences... obsessively inventive and brilliantly executed'
The Daily Telegraph

'One of his strongest works... taking us from light to dark, humour to agony'
The Birmingham Mail

'Carmina burana is just awesome'
The Stage


Carmina burana

Music Carl Orff
Choreography David Bintley
Design Philip Prowse
Lighting Peter Mumford


Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography George Balanchine ( The George Balanchine Trust)
Staged by Desmond Kelly
Costumes Karinska
Lighting Peter Teigen
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