Carmina Burana is the perfect union of music and dance. One of the best known works of the 20th century, the opening of Carl Orff’s secular cantata is recognizable to almost all who hear it. This Season, Cincinnati Ballet artists will perform Nicolo Fonte’s bold choreography, accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the May Festival Chorus, celebrating its 150th Anniversary Season in 2023. Carmina Burana is based upon a rediscovered collection of poetry dating back to the 11th century. Orff set 24 of the poems to music in 1936.
Part art installation and part movement drama, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Extremely Close creates a sense of restlessness as dancers negotiate their way through a perpetually shifting environment. Propelled by changing landscapes, Cerrudo weaves a mesmerizing spell of movement punctuated by fleeting moments of intense intimacy with music by composers Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran.
|scenery and lighting Design||michael korsch|
|Costume Design||christine darch|
|Music||Philip Glass, Dustin O’halloran|
|original Lighting Design||tanja ruhl|
|scenic design||alejandro cerrudo|
|costume design||janice pytel|
Carmina Burana is based upon a rediscovered manuscript dating back to the 11th century that was found by a Bavarian librarian in a monastery in 1803. Twenty-four of the poems were then set to music by Carl Orff in 1936. Nicolo Fonte illuminates the evocative score bringing these poems to life in new and unexpected ways.
Part art installation, part movement drama, Extremely Close creates a sense of restlessness throughout as dancers negotiate their way through a perpetually shifting environment. Propelled by changing landscapes, Cerrudo weaves a mesmerizing spell of movement punctuated by fleeting moments of intense intimacy. Cerrudo leaves us with a haunting and irrevocable sense of separation. Sometimes, home is the brief connective peace you find before the world shifts again.
Jennifer Conklin and the late Robert Conklin