Epic, edgy and sexy
There's good news and bad news. First, the bad: The Sacramento Ballet's production of Ron Cunningham's The Great Gatsby will be postponed until next season. But (good news) from March 27, through March 30, Carmina Burana will take its place. It's a spectacular epic, with a 100-voice chorus and full orchestra in the pit to perform Carl Orff's often-sampled composition (perhaps most notably in “Hate Me Now,” a 1999 single released by rapper Nas, featuring Puff Daddy). Anyway, Orff's classic score is paired with a powerful “edgy and sexy” performance from the ballet dancers, according to co-artistic director Cunningham. “The opening scene is awesome, with a double-decker of 15 men holding up a huge silver plate with the character of Fortuna dancing on top,” he told SN&R. Opening the show is George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante. $19-$70, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, March 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30. Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street; (916) 552-5800; www.sacballet.org.