Romania’s Edward Clug revisits Carmina Burana, the major 20th century work by German composer Carl Orff. Inspired by medieval verse, the piece opens with its famous theme O Fortuna. Carmina Burana centres on human beings in their most visceral dimension: legacy and longevity. Clug’s vivid staging brings to life a wheel of fortune that captivates the dancers. It evokes both the cyclical nature of life and the idea of predestiny. Alongside its implicit theme of torment, Carmina Burana also explores the themes of springtime, hope and love as told in medieval writing.
Jeunehomme by Uwe Scholz will complete this double bill. On the notes of Mozart’s concerto, the belated German choreographer pays homage to the beauty as well as the melancholy of the great composer’s works.