Ballet Austin / Carmina Burana : 4 of 5
Carmina Burana is based on a series of secret poems written by medieval monks dreaming about forbidden pleasures. The start of the ballet was definitely an introduction to this concept, as male dancers wearing thin "frocks" (with hoods and kind of skirts to represent robes) removed them and threw them to the ground, causing some interesting audience response! The rest of the hour-long piece was filled with many playful, Spring-like dances, as well as some beautifully sung solos (some without dance), which interjected quite a bit of light-hearted flirting and comedy that was a complete reversal of the opening. Of course, the ballet ended with a kind of "return to reality" as the monks resumed their stoic life. I was really impressed and amazed at the dancers and their complex movements, and grateful to experience new music accompanied by such wonderful visuals. I definitely plan on seeing more of Ballet Austin this season!