The original Carmina Burana is a collection of poems from the 12th and 13th centuries. Preserved in a single codex found in 1803 by Johann Christoph von Aretin in the Abbey of Benediktbeuern in Bavaria. It is currently kept in the Bavarian State Library in Munich.
The codex collects a total of 300 poems, written mostly in Latin, German and French. In these poems the pleasure to live and the interest for the earthly pleasures, for the carnal love and for the enjoyment of the nature is extolled. Therefore, with a critical and satirical look towards the social and ecclesiastical estates of the time.
Carl Orff composed his Carmina Burana between 1935 and 1936, and relied on 24 poems from the original codex. The original title of the work Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanæ cantoribus et choris cantandæ comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis (Songs of Beuern: secular songs for singers and choirs to be sung with instruments and magical images) is the starting point of the show that La Fura dels Baus has created.
After 30 years of experience, Carlus Padrissa, a founding member of La Fura dels Baus, has conceived a thrilling CARMINA BURANA where the viewer, through stunning scenes, special effects and even spring fragrances, immerses himself fully in the universe of La Fura dels Baus.
On the stage, a large cylinder ten meters in diameter literally envelops the Orchestra, while images projected on it illustrate the entire work from beginning to end. A giant moon, the thaw, waterfalls, a floral ecstasy, a live harvest, wine, water and fire …. The CARMINA BURANA of LA FURA DELS BAUS is a sensory, musical and theatrical show, vital and energetic, which has already been seen by more than 200,000 spectators in Europe, Asia and America.