Ballet to the music of Carl Orff's oratorio
Ballet in one act
Music by Carl Orff
The representation is on the subject of the traumatic passage from post-adolescence to maturity. The inspiration originates from the original text of Carmina Burana: a group of Clergymen – Clerici Vagantes – become conscience that the world does not function by the moral rules that they have been given, they then create a group that follows the rules of virtue, and dive in completely and with passion to experiment this freedom and life filled with pleasures. The subject is rendered a performance utilizing ideas and imagined images of these young people. The gothic myth, cited from the famous music of Carl Orff, provocative of evil, in its most superstitious state, represents to us a morally corrupt society, unbiased resist to the fear of the divine punishment. In fact, certain songs they have turned upside down in an ironic way and played with the topics and attitudes of the then dominant literature: wine, woman, game, the pleasures of life are exalted to you from this poetry born in a cultured atmosphere and parody of modules of the ecclesiastical language.
choreographer and director of “Carmina Burana”
After a period of training and professional experience in Europe (Italy, Scotland, Germany, France, Spain) began his choreographic fortunate career founding Balletto del Sud in 1995 in his home town Lecce, a baroque beautiful city in south Italy, a ballet company which he leads and for which he has created 34 productions, turning it into the best Italian troupe in the classic academic style.
Ballets created by Fredy Franzutti for his company include the best titles of romantic tradition: “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake”, “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Sheherazade” “The Firebird” all with great success in European theatres.
He was hailed by the critics as “Italy’s young choreographic prodigy” (Michele Nocera), and “One of Italy’s most appreciated and talented choreographers” (Victoria Ottolenghi).
As well, Fredy has created ballets for the most important European theatres like Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Rome Opera House, Sofia Opera House, Monte Carlo Opera House, Bilbao Opera House, Theatre “V. Bellini” of Catania, for Pesaro Rossini’s Festival, and for different televised events.
Franzutti has also directed the film “If this is a Man” interpreted by Michele Placido, Emilio Solfrizzi.
The performance is suitable for persons over the age of 12
The spectacle "Carmina Burana" is divided into four parts.
The first part is dedicated to Fortuna, the Wheel of Fortune – understood as a goddess to whom one must pray. The goddess of fate is replaced by the tenets of the present religion.
The myth of the Dark Gothic, quoted from Carl Orff's popular music, evoking evil in its most superstitious form, takes us back to a morally corroded society which, through unscrupulousness, resists the fear of divine punishment.
As in a witches' sabbath in the Middle Ages, in which the virgin is sacrificed for the purpose of propitiation.
A new religious order is created, but also a hermit's life on the edge of heresy.
The second part is dedicated to Nature (Flora). The coming of spring governs the very sense of fertility and the thirst of living beings to create life. As in the myth of Proserpina, it is nature that in spring causes the plants to bloom and tie the fruit. The awareness that these events are independent and exempt from religious prayer and that they occur independently of it.
The third part is dedicated to the Pub, understood as a place for socializing and achieving equality. The woman of noble birth and the woman of the people, the cleric and the knight, drink in the same way. The innkeeper, like a demon from hell, seduces the customers, urging them to enter. And here we encounter a sacrificial offering, a swan condemned to be grilled, quoting and paraphrasing the tortures inflicted on Christian saints.
The fourth part intuitively implies the possibilities of carnal pleasure, free love in all its forms, which elevate the virginity of the spirit precisely through the abolition of the taboos of society and the constraints of morality. In the spectacle's finale, the wandering preachers (Clerici Vagantes) lose their historical connotation and transform into an almost "new age" group that perpetuates the messages of "Carmina Burana" in an optimistic and idealistic version.
Fredy Franzutti also takes care of the visible part, coming up with costumes in a Gothic style: medieval, like Orff's creative music.
As has already been noted by the world's critics, this choreographic version allows the troupes to highlight Franzutti's soloists and choreographic abilities.