Spectrum Dance Theater
April 23 - 26, 2015
Thursday - Saturday:
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Doors at 1 pm, show at 2 pm
STG Presents Spectrum Dance Theater Carmina Burana at The Moore Theatre in Seattle April 23 - 26, 2015.
This new work by Spectrum Dance Theater reimagines Carl Orff’s popular scenic cantata as a journey from doubt and disillusionment to a restoration of faith in the essential goodness of man. Tony-nominated choreographer Donald Byrd’s first encounter with Orff’s score led to a large-scale danced drama for New York City Opera in 1997. In stark contrast, this new staging promises to be a minimalist rumination on the fact that the authors of the music’s text were, more than likely, defrocked monks.
The version of the score used for this production is Orff’s own rarely used transcription for two pianos and percussion. Under the musical direction of Dean Williamson (Opera Cleveland, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera), Spectrum’s artists will be joined by 3 soloists and chorus.
Image: Nate Watters
The video below features dance writer Sandi Kurtz moderating a conversation on two different approaches to one score of music: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The conversation features Donald Byrd, joined by former Principle PNB dancer Ariana Lallone, and PNB Resident Lighting Designer Randall “Rico” Chiarelli.