Celebrated performing arts companies Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) and the Macao Orchestra team up in Beijing for Carmina Burana, an extravagant feast for the senses, dancing through a journey which begins in medieval times and works its way to the present. HKB Artistic Director Septime Webre explains, 'It's a beautiful story about the cycle of life and the endless search for love over the course of several hundred years.' Both passionate and whimsical, Webre's choreography is propelled by Carl Orff's bombastic Carmina Burana, one of the greatest choral works ever written. Dizzying eight-metre scaffolding surrounding the stage evokes a medieval cloister and holds over 150 singers from Beijing's China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus, who are joined by several world-class soloists, the Macao Orchestra with acclaimed conductor Lio Kuokman and the show-stopping image of a Virtruvian ballerina floating above the stage.
Audiences will also experience the poignant The Last Song by HKB Resident Choreographer Hu Song Wei Ricky, one of the most exciting choreographers working in Asia today. Set to elegant music by J.S. Bach, this intriguing poetic meditation on a conflicted artist and his enigmatic muse is inspired by Oscar Wilde's compelling short story The Nightingale and the Rose. A true international collaboration, this extravagant landmark co-production with HKB, Macau Orchestra and China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus brings together the combined forces of over 300 inspiring artists from all over China.
Music: Carl Orff
Choreography and Set Design: Septime Webre
Costume Design: Liz Vandal
Live Chorus: China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography And Costume Design: Hu Song Wei Ricky
Associate Costume Designer: Joanne Chong
Set Design: Siu Wai Man
Lighting Design: Mak Kwok Fai
Live Orchestra: Macao Orchestra
Conductor: Lio Kuoman