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Nashville Ballet Tours to St. Louis with Carmina Burana

2013-02-05

 

For Immediate Release

Dancers, Singers, Musicians From Two Cities Collaborate for Epic Performance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2013) – Nashville Ballet will take one of its most popular performances on tour this month when it brings Carmina Burana to the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, Mo., presented by Dance St. Louis.

One of the most recognizable pieces of classical music in the world, Carmina Burana will be performed live in St. Louis February 21 through 24, by 30 dancers, 120 singers and 60 musicians in a full orchestra from the University of Missouri-St. LouisOrchestra & Singers, Bach Society of Saint Louis, St. Louis Children’s Choir and Nashville Ballet.

Carmina Burana is one of the most recognizable pieces of music and each year it is performed by orchestras and choirs all over the world,” said Michael Uthoff, executive and artistic director of Dance St. Louis. “But what is unique about this Carmina Burana is that beyond its designation as a first-ever collaboration between the reputable Nashville Ballet and a collection of talented St. Louis performing arts groups, the production itself is enormous, almost larger than life, and the glory, beauty and intensity of Carmina Burana is heightened two-fold.”

Carmina Buranawas choreographed by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling in 2009, and is set to iconic instrumentation written by German composer Carl Orff in 1937. Orff’s music accompanies poetry written in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries that challenged conventional values and religious leadership of the time. The poems examine the cycle of life and question the source of life’s pains.

The opening piece of Carmina Burana, O Fortuna, is likely the most familiar portion of the piece. It is often heard in action scenes from movie trailers, feature films and video games because of its strong percussive elements, ancient lyrics and ominous tone.

The song O Fortuna tells the story of Fortuna, who determines the fate of man. She is visually represented by the Wheel of Fortune – a huge skirt that encircles a single dancer with images projected on to it to make it look like a turning wheel.

The poems of Carmina Burana were recorded on parchment, animal skin that was often written on, erased and reused many times. The parchment material inspired portions of Vasterling’s choreography and former Nashville Ballet company member Eric Harris’ costume designs in the production.

“The imagery of the Wheel of Fortune and the parchment both spoke to me when choreographing this piece, because they are both illustrations that we are all part of something bigger, a greater whole,” Vasterling said.

The opening act for Carmina Burana is Bach Cantata No. 10, performed by MADCO and UMSL Orchestra & Singers.  MADCO dances a piece choreographed by Dance St. Louis’ very own Michael Uthoff while UMSL Orchestra & Singers accompanies the dancers live on stage.  Bach Cantata No. 10 is sponsored by NOVUS International, Inc.

Performance Dates and Times
Thursday, February 21 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m.

Tickets
Tickets range from $35 to $55 for the evening performances. All Sunday matinee tickets are $35.Tickets are available at the Dance St. Louis box office at 3547 Olive Street in the Centene Center for Arts and Education in Grand Center, by calling 314-534-6622, or by visiting dancestlouis.org.

About Dance St. Louis
Dance St. Louis is widely recognized as the leading dance presenter in St. Louis, the Midwest and by the professional dance community. Founded in 1966, Dance St. Louis has been bringing the greatest dance of the world to St. Louis audiences for 47 years. Dance St. Louis is dedicated to the enrichment of the cultural landscape and artistic reputation of St. Louis by presenting great dance companies and educational opportunities that make dance accessible to everyone. Dance St. Louis also conducts a broad range of education programs for the St. Louis community. Each year, the Education Outreach Program introduces thousands of schoolchildren to the magic of dance through in-school workshops and mainstage performances.

About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company NB2 (a pre-professional training company) serve nearly 25,000 adults and children annually through performances and our outreach and community engagement programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance for dancers of all ages.

Nashville Ballet is funded in part from grants made available through the National Endowment for the Arts, Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Funding from the Ingram Charitable Trust supports the presentation of The Nashville Symphony at most performances. Additional funding is also provided by The Shubert Foundation, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, SunTrust, ELAN Hair / ELAN Skin, the National Endowment for the Arts, Caterpillar Financial, The Memorial Foundation and Publix Super Markets Charities.

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