Leipziger Ballett

Sunday 24.02.2019 | 3 p.m. | Konzertfoyer Opernhaus

Der Karneval der Tiere

Bjarte Emil Werdervang Bruland / Camille Saint-Saëns


Ballet by Bjarte Emil Wedervang Bruland | Music by Camille Saint-Saëns »Der Karneval der Tiere«, Grande fantaisie zoologique, Suite für Kammerorchester) | For children 5 years and older 

The Carnival of the Animals was French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ most popular work, even during his lifetime. It is at once stunning and possessed of a special charm. It is scored for chamber orchestra and two pianos, and was not originally intended explicitly for children. Camille Saint-Saëns loved musical fun. These 14 pieces are not so much a representation of animals as they are an examination of the music of his time. In this way, The Carnival of the Animals can be described as a masked procession or parade, in which Saint-Saëns humorously quoted himself and his contemporaries. In addition to various mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish, Saint-Saëns ironically included both fossils and pianists among these animal portraits. He gave permission for only three performances of the entire work in his lifetime. He gave Anna Pavlova, the famous prima ballerina, permission to use the “Swan” movement, which became famous the world over under the name “The Dying Swan.” After the composer’s death, The Carnival of the Animals took concert halls by storm, winning over the hearts of both old and young.

Alden Gatt Dirigent
Bjarte Emil Wedervang Bruland Choreografie, Inszenierung, Kostüme
Christina Geißler Musikalische Stückeinführung
Christina Geißler Sprecherin
Paulo Almeida 2. Klavier
Ana Belén Villalba Elefant
Madoka Ishikawa Schildkröte
Vivian Wang Vogel / Schwan
Diana Sandu Vogel
Vincenzo Timpa Direktor, Käfer
Carl van Godtsenhoven Löwe
Alessandro Repellini Hahn
Landon Harris Esel