- C$24 for one ticket to see Carmina Burana: Ballet Victoria (up to C$40 value)
- When: Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Cowichan Theatre
- Seating: best available
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Carmina Burana: Ballet Victoria
Easily the best-known piece in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, “O Fortuna” is an epic, rafter-shaking dedication to the capriciousness of fate. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that random chance saw Ballet Victoria’s artistic director, Paul Destrooper, planning choreography for Carmina Burana in 2010, at the same time the Victoria Symphony and Victoria Choral Society were teaming up for a full production of the piece. After seeing the music performed live, Destrooper approached vocal director Joey Pietraroia about coordinating a ballet version of the piece, and a new work was added to Ballet Victoria’s repertoire. For its 2014 performances, Destrooper has added all-new choreography.
Although Carmina Burana is epic in scope, touching on everything from the nature of the world to the thoughts of a lowly swan roasting on a spit, Destrooper interprets the piece through an intimate lens: a romance. Two lovers are caught in crisis, each frustrated and self-pitying, and destined, it seems, for separation. But the raw power of Orff’s score, inspires them to give their love one more chance, knowing that if it doesn’t work they’ll have to paint a line down the stage and keep to their respective sides.
A 731-seat, proscenium-arch theatre that welcomes everything from Shakespeare to contemporary rock, Cowichan Theatre has been a cultural catalyst for the Cowichan region since 1978. Helping it on its mission of inspiration and education is a Lowrey organ, a Steinway grand piano, and a satellite-receiver-feed system for live broadcasts. The theatre is also home to a number of special events, including the Morning Musicale series, where audience members join classical performers on stage to see up close their technique and how musicians’ extra fingers help them play.