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Marking Director David Bintley’s 20th year with Birmingham Royal Ballet, this programme contrasts his acclaimed Carmina burana from 1995 with his latest work The King Dances.
|BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET: THE KING DANCES | CARMINA BURANA|
In 1653 the 14-year-old Louis XIV of France dances the role of Apollo the sun god in Le Ballet de la Nuit, and earns himself forever the soubriquet the Sun King. In The King Dances, David Bintley re-imagines the very beginnings of ballet, when men are quite literally, the kings of dance.
In Carmina burana, the first ballet Bintley created for the Company as Director, 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.
"Carmina Burana is dark and thrilling but also funnier than you might expect, with some colourful and jolly scenes. It’s all hugely energetic and entertaining" - Birmingham Mail
Express, Independent, London Evening Standard, The Arts Desk
‘Obsessively inventive and brilliantly executed’ The Daily Telegraph on Carmina burana
‘A blockbuster’ The Daily Express on Carmina burana
“CARMINA BURANA is a flat-out brutal pastiche of medieval religious obsessions. It is also, with its cast of thousands, a perfect window on to this superb company of dancers.” The Express
“Bintley’s piece is a big, brash spectacle that seethes with energy” The Telegraph
“…engaging spectacle all the way” London Evening Standard
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