When Dance St. Louis first presented Carmina Burana in 2013, its three performances were sold out. Now, back by popular demand, the spectacular production — a tapestry of live music and riveting dance — returns to the Touhill, featuring Nashville Ballet, University of Missouri-St. Louis Orchestra & Singers, Bach Society of Saint Louis and the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. 120 singers, 60-musician, full orchestra and 40 dancers take to the stage together, evolving German composer Carl Orff’s thunderous, dramatic cantata to magnificent proportions.

When the curtains open Fortuna is revealed, represented as the Wheel of Fortune — a huge skirt that encircles a single dancer with images projected on to it to make it look like a turning wheel. Drunkards, fools, and lovers alike are caught in its relentless round. The bold first sound is O Fortuna — Orff’s iconic musical work with strong percussive elements, ancient lyrics and ominous tone that has been made famous the world over from its use in film and TV.

Created by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling, and complete with stunning costumes and visual effects, this production ofCarmina Burana takes you deep into Carl Orff’s stupendously popular music in a way you’ve never experienced.


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Directions & Parking


Directions: The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Take I-70 to Florissant Road (Exit 240).  Travel South on Florissant Rd. to the second University entrance at Grobman Drive.  Turn right.  

From Natural Bridge, turn left onto University Drive and follow it around to the right as it turns into Grobman Drive.

Parking is available in the garage to the left, just under the bridge, and in Parking Lot E on the right, about 500 feet past the bridge