Carmina Buranawith T’əl: The Wild Man of the Woods

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

with T’əl: The Wild Man of the Woods




Live Music Benefactor: The Asper Foundation


Arts Partner: WSO

The 2023-2024 season has been made possible with the generous support of former RWB Chair James Cohen and Linda McGarva-Cohen.

A nod to André Lewis O.M.’s dedication to working with international and Canadian choreographers. Since he introduced it into our repertoire in 2002, Carmina Burana has easily become one of our most requested performances. Introducing our Choreographer in Residence showcases a bright future for the RWB continuing to innovate through dance.

Carmina Burana

A feast for the senses that pairs sensual, powerful choreography with Carl Orff’s masterpiece Carmina Burana cantata. Unbridled passion and highly physical technique express raw emotion that transcends the need for a story. Choreographer Mauricio Wainrot’s artfully-staged vignettes capture the spirit of the titular score’s five movements, oscillating between the erratic, romantic, and lustful as they celebrate community and the joys of life. For many of our artists, this will be their first time performing this exciting choreography, making it a whole new experience even for returning audiences. Featuring Soloists Andrea Lett, Matthew Pauls & Nolan Kehler plus the Prairie Voices Inc Choirs and Winnipeg Boys Choirs at every performance.

View the complete text and translation of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

World Premiere of T’əl: The Wild Man of the Woods

Choreography by Cameron Fraser-Monroe In many Indigenous cultures, history and tales are not written down but passed down through Elders; so, it felt natural to share an oral history from Fraser-Monroe’s home, the Tla’amin First Nation. T’əl: The Wild Man of the Woods [“tall”] is an evening-length ballet based on the oral history of Elder Elsie Paul, who narrates in both Ayajuthem, the language of the Tla’amin Nation, and English. According to legend, T’əl kidnaps children from the village after dark and they are never seen again, until one young woman ventures to save her sister… Juno-nominated two-spirit composer Cris Derksen provides the striking score, and joins the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra live in the pit. Costumes spring from the vision of New York-based Navajo designer and Yale-alumnus Asa Benally. Elsie Paul is an Elder and knowledge keeper of the Tla’amin Nation, located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Paul is a residential school survivor and one of the few living people to speak the Tla’amin language fluently. Paul holds an honorary Doctorate degree from the Vancouver Island University and has co-authored a book, Written as I Remember it: Teachings From the Life of a Sliammon Elder. This work was later released in an open access, multimedia, digital edition. Paul’s traditional name is Qazustala’s, which translates as, “a welcoming person with a wealth of knowledge, someone who shares her culture” The RWB is grateful for the support from the Winnipeg Arts Council as part of the City of Song – Winnipeg 150 Celebrations.

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Production Gallery

Featured Creative Team

    Carmina Burana Choreography

    Mauricio Wainrot

    World Premiere Choreography

    Cameron Fraser-Monroe

    Carmina Burana Music

    Carl Orff “Carmina Burana”

    World Premiere Music

    Cris Derksen

    Carmina Burana Set & Costume Design

    Carlos Gallardo

    World Premiere Costume Design

    Asa Benally

    Carmina Burana Lighting Design

    David Morrison

    World Premiere Lighting Design

    Scott Henderson