Charleston Gaillard Center and Charleston Symphony Present

Carmina Burana by Richmond Ballet, The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Choir

Oct 18, 2024 at 7:30 pm

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About the Show

Richmond Ballet brings the iconic Carmina Burana to the Gaillard Center stage. Set to Carl Orff’s masterful choral score, John Butler’s Carmina Burana is one of the most popular works in the Richmond Ballet repertory. Witness the brazen strength and hypnotizing passion behind Butler’s choreography in this groundbreaking ballet of the 20th century.

“a jewel among U.S. dance companies”


Originally choreographed in 1959 for New York City Opera, John Butler’s powerful, impassioned masterwork Carmina Burana uses the full breadth of Carl Orff’s choral score to explore the melding of classical ballet’s structure with the earthiness of contemporary dance. Using carminas, or songs, discovered in a Bavarian monastery to form the basis of the Latin text, Carl Orff’s chorus sings of earthly pleasures, while lamenting the powerful and heavy hand of fate. Sixteen dancers create an abstract landscape of movement, celebrating the joys of spring; living the pleasures, extravagances, and despairs of tavern life; and closing with passionate love poems. Sixty years after its creation, Carmina Burana remains a bold and astonishing audience favorite.

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative.

Photo Credit: Richmond Ballet dancers in Carmina Burana by John Butler. Richmond Ballet. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson.