with Mozartiana and Danse Macabre
Carmina Burana is one of the most popular works from the Richmond Ballet repertory. John 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.
In Celebration: 40th Anniversary of The School of Richmond Ballet
Join us for a special, haunting Halloween celebration, as students from The School of Richmond Ballet perform Stoner Winslett’s first ever piece for Richmond Ballet, Danse Macabre, set to a swirling and ghoulish waltz by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Mozartiana, George Balanchine’s final masterpiece, done, as many believe, as a farewell for his beloved ballerina Suzanne Farrell who premiered the lead role in 1981, continues the celebration. A series of elegant dances, Mozartiana is set to Tchaikovsky’s moving musical tribute to Mozart. The ballet’s beautiful steps – both purely classical and, yet unmistakably crafted by Balanchine – intertwine to form a profound work that is one of the legendary master’s best. Current students will join company members, many of whom are SRB alumni, for this joyful dance, celebrating 40 years of The School of Richmond Ballet.