Butler’s controversial spectacle will be staged alongside Balanchine’s Mozartiana and Winslett’s own Danse Macabre in celebration of 40 Years of The School of Richmond Ballet
Maggie Small and Thomas Ragland will be dancing the leads in Carmina Burana.
Both seasoned professionals, drugs Maggie Small and Thomas Ragland bring their experience, maturity and pure artistry to John Butler’s Carmina Burana, a work that has become one of the most popular pieces from the Richmond Ballet repertory. Butler’s powerful, impassioned masterwork, choreographed originally in 1959 for New York City Opera, used the full breadth of Carl Orff’s choral score to explore the melding of classical ballet’s structure with the earthiness of contemporary dance, ultimately creating an innovative work that remains polarizing to this day. Orff’s grand-scale, incredibly varied musical spectacle was meant to overwhelm the senses, painting a lusty and emotional portrait of the cycle of medieval life, both celebrated and lamented in the 24 carminas, or songs, that were discovered in an ancient Bavarian monastery. With its avant-garde costuming and emotive lighting design, Carmina Burana is sure to soar with the powerful accompaniment of the Richmond Symphony and the Richmond Symphony Chorus, uplifting Orff’s oeuvre to its masterful heights, enlivening Butler’s extraordinary, groundbreaking work.
Carmina Burana with Mozartiana and Danse Macabre
With Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus
Carmina Burana : Choreography by John Butler, Music by Carl Orff
In Celebration: 40th Anniversary of The School of Richmond Ballet
Mozartiana : Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Danse Macabre : Choreography by Stoner Winslett, Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
The Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage
Friday, October 31, 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 1, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 2, 2:00 pm
Tickets start at $20.00.
Tickets available at the Richmond Ballet Box Office, by phone at 1.800.514.3849, or online at eTix.com.