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The King Dances / Carmina burana

The King Dances / Carmina burana

The King Dances | Carmina burana

Birmingham Hippodrome 17 - 20 June 2015

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.

In 1653 the 14-year-old Louis XIV of France danced the role of Apollo the sun god in Le Ballet de la nuit, and earned himself forever the soubriquet the Sun King. In The King Dances, David Bintley re-imagines the very beginnings of ballet, when men were 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.

The King Dances supported (2015) by Jennifer Rowe and Birmingham Royal Ballet's New Work Syndicate (2014-15) and Director's Appeal (2014-15)

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.

'A great favourite with audiences... obsessively inventive and brilliantly executed'
The Daily Telegraph

'One of his strongest works... taking us from light to dark, humour to agony'
The Birmingham Mail

'Carmina burana is just awesome'
The Stage


Carmina burana

Music Carl Orff
Choreography David Bintley
Design Philip Prowse
Lighting Peter Mumford

The King Dances

Music Stephen Montague
Choreography David Bintley
Designs Katrina Lindsay
Lighting Peter Mumford
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