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April 14, 2010

School of Theatre and Dance presents ‘Carmina Burana’

DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University’s staging of the final show of its 2009-2010 season, “Carmina Burana,” puts a modern dance spin on medieval revelry.

The School of Theatre and Dance will perform the dance production “Carmina Burana” from Thursday, April 22, through Sunday, April 25, in the Stevens Building’s O’Connell Theatre on the DeKalb campus.

Choreographed around the musical score of the same name by Carl Orff, “Carmina Burana” is a full-length, modern dance piece that tells the tale of the Burana, a group of medieval villagers who abandon their lives of religious piety in favor of the pursuit of more earthly pleasures, which of course must include drinking, gluttony and lust.

The director and choreographer, Paula Frasz, feels that live theater audiences have a need and desire for full-length modern works. Known for her wide range of storytelling through movement, Frasz has used Orff’s work to create an original, modern dance experience.

“The original music score is not about anything,” says Frasz. “The music is (based on) ancient Germanic and Latin and not really understandable. I laid a loose story of a medieval community over the original text.” She describes the production as “…lusty, funny, spectacular and magical, with glorious music, costumes and scenery.”

According to Frasz, audiences will experience the spectacle of period style costumes, hand-painted scenery and dramatic classical music but should not lose sight of the student performers.

“I want the audience to also appreciate the talent, range and ability of our dancers and our dance program.”

Show times are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre box office, located on the NIU DeKalb campus, behind the Pizza Hut and McDonald’s restaurants on West Lincoln Highway. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 2 p.m. Friday and one hour before show times. Tickets also can be ordered by phone at (815) 753-1600 or online at: www.niu.edu/theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students.

Due to mature content, this show is not recommended for children.

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Media Contact: David W. Booth/Kathryn McCord, School of Theatre and Dance
Phone: (815) 753-1337
Email: dbooth1@niu.edu