American Ballet Theater star José Manuel Carreño and Royal Ballet principal Tamara Rojo, together with the Cuban Contemporary Dance Ensemble are gearing up to perform the monumental production of Carmina Burana in Mexico tonight.
The show which won the Lunas del Auditorio 2008 and 2009 awards, will be held on November 28 in a unique performance in Mexico City’s National Auditorium, where a version of the ballet was performed by the Iñaki Urlezaga company last week. The production featuring Rojo and Carreño will have 250 performers on stage, including the Cuban contemporary dance company, considered the best in Latin America, accompanied by an orchestra led by one of the most important European conductors, Leo Kramer. The performance will also feature three young Mexican soloists and a choir of 100 voices.
With November 2010 being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution, museums across the country have inaugurated a variety of special exhibitions, with two notable collections of specific interest, a highlight being Carmina Burana, the famous choral work by Carl Orff, brought to stage at the Auditorio Nacional.
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