Jeffrey Pedersen


Minnesota Dance Theatre: Carmina Burana

Daily from Jan. 19-20
7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21
3 p.m.

First staged in 1978, Carmina Burana has become one of Minnesota Dance Theatre’s most enduring and acclaimed works. MDT founder Loyce Houlton crafted this enthralling piece utilizing a cantata by German composer Carl Off who, in 1936, set 24 poems to music drawn from a medieval manuscript discovered in a Benedictine monastery. The return of the production is always a cause for celebration, particularly since the group continues to employ the scintillating original choreography. Directed by Lise Houlton, Loyce’s daughter, Carmina Burana carries on one of the most cherished legacies in Twin Cities dance without any hint of musty obsolescence. The heightened sensuality is maintained by the collaborative efforts of a vital team of inspired designers, versatile musicians, and impassioned vocalists. Above all else, however, it is the deft movements of MDT’s dancers that most captivatingly convey the essence of yearning and desire.