Yuri Vámos
Scene photo Carmina Burana 1
© Eduard Straub
Scene photo Carmina Burana 2
© Eduard Straub
Scene photo Carmina Burana 3
© Eduard Straub
Scene photo Carmina Burana 4
© Eduard Straub

Carmina Burana

Ballet by Youri Vámos
Music by Carl Orff (1895–1982)
Choreographical assistance: Joyce Cuoco
Stage and costumes: Michael Scott
Lightdesign: Klaus Gärditz
Duration: 1 1/4 hours

World premiere 1985 Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin

O Fortuna! The desire for love and happiness as the living primal force of existence stands revealed in this call to the goddess of Destiny. The fateful wheel of Fortuna is symbolic of the ups and downs of human life with the circles of tension in exchanges between man and woman, old and young, We witness these exchanges also in the ballet of Youri Vámos to Carl Orff's music.

Carmina Burana is a young classic of musical history. Brilliant in simplicity, insistent in rhythm, eternally young thematically, it lends imagination wings surely more than any other musical work of the twentieth century.

Youri Vámos supplies this suggestive power in Orff's music with a pronouncedly simple setting. The appearance of the stage is defined not by scenery, but by the silhouette of the entire chorus and orchestra. Before this background and by means of sheer dance Vámos unfolds a sparkling hymn to pure love.

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Press reviews

Vámos is unsparing with both comic an imposing gestures. He uses the musical climaxes skilfully, shaping, playing or sometimes just decorating with both elements from modern and classical dancer.


The audience thanked singers and dancers with volleys of bravos and red roses in a prolonged and enthusiastic applause. The blocks are choreographically transparent , and frequently, dominate the space dynamically and rhythmically. The contrast between heavy, energetically driven rhythms and lyrical melodic lines is sympathetically worked out. The result is a perferct marriage of music and dance.

Rheinische Post

Applause rewarded the dancers' work, much acclaim for the singers and the orchestra.

Neue Rheinzeitung

The scenic presentation of «Carmina Burana« at the Rheinoper is a gigantic spectacle. 70 dancers, 100 musicians and a chorus of 200 have to be coordinated. With his admirably daring light-stage aesthetic concept Michael Scott not only introduces new perspectives and impressions, but also traces spatial ways and paths for the dancers, whose achievements are indeed on the highest level. Rapturous applause from the surprised and enthusiastic public – a really sensational evening.

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