Carmina Burana, London Coliseum

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Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 7:30pm

London Coliseum, London

Samara Downs as Roast Swan with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet; photo: Bill Cooper

Birmingham Royal Ballet
Ex Cathedra
David Bintley, choreographer


In 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 we join the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. 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.

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