Guest reviewer: Gregory Cantrell
“Carmina Burana”, as performed by the Kansas City Ballet with backing by the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, presents a wonderful visual and auditory fusion of music, exquisite dance and color.
This 3-act performance choreography consists of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Tulips and Lobster”, Helen Pickett’s “Petal”, and Adam Hougland’s world premiere of “Carmina Burana”.
According to the website …”Carmina Burana is a hugely popular and insatiably indulgent celebration of life and love. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a pulsating choral work that provides an incredible landscape for choreographed spectacle. Most have experienced Carmina Burana in choral presentation, but few have seen it as it was originally imagined.” Hence, in this production the choral presentation is expertly augmented by a wonderful troupe of talented dancers.
With tempered expectations this ballet neophyte was enthralled by the synthesis of athleticism, precision, and expression all beautifully wrapped into a powerful ballet “punch”. The musical score perfectly complemented each set piece leaving the mind to wander in the luscious visuals of dance and set/lighting design.
Each of the three set pieces were as distinctive in their presentation as the emotions and feelings they separately evoke. “Petal” featured a vibrancy of color and sound that contrasts sharply with the grand scale of “Carmina Burana”, using the Symphony Chorus to produce a thrilling and enjoyable finale.
“Carmina Burana” is playing at the Kaufmann Center through October 20.
CARMINA BURANA (world premiere)
Choreography: Adam Hougland
Music: Carl Orff
TULIPS & LOBSTER
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music: Purcell, Albinoni, Lambert & Vivaldi
Choreography: Helen Pickett
Music: Philip Glass & Thomas Montgomery Newman
Live music performed by Kansas City Symphony
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