In seeking to describe Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of Carmina Burana – which is one half of their present Passion and Ecstasy production – all superlatives seem inadequate.
It is beyond sensational, beyond moving, beyond thrilling. BRB director David Bintley has created a masterwork that will live long in the memories of those who witnessed his electrifying, tender and deeply intelligent work.
Joseph Caley and Nao Sakuma proved to be perfect partners, commanding the stage with grace and precision, and once again proving their value to what is regarded nowadays as one of the world’s top ballet companies.
Bintley’s totally fascinating Carmina Burana, backed sensationally by Carl Orff’s thunderous music and a splendid set by Philip Prowse, follows the fortunes of three seminarians as they reject their faith for the pleasures of the flesh.