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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ballet Augsburg Carmina Burana

On our Tours en l'air trip to Germany in April, we were very privileged to attend a rehearsal at Ballet Augsburg where Korean choreographer Young Soon Hue was creating a new Carmina Burana for Augsburg's open air stage in a former Roman bath. This was to include a massive orchestra, two choirs, and the dancers, and of course the vagaries of performing in the open air were a constant concern. For instance, should the women be on pointe or not, bearing in mind that the stage would become slippery with the slightest amount of moisture? As luck would have it, the planned opening night was rained out, but the performance went on a few days later, with the results that you can see here:

You will notice how Young Soon incorporated elements of Korean traditional dance into this ballet, especially the pas de deux with the long sleeves held out by the dancer holding sticks, which is a feature of a traditional priests' dance in Korea.

Here is the set model, which we saw during our visit:

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