“Carmina” follows three priests-in-training through one night on the town. Each yields to a self-gratifying temptation that leaves them by turns heartbroken, beaten up and spiritually empty. First Seminarian Heath Gill wanders into an English youth club, where he grows infatuated with a Lover Girl, enchantingly danced by Nadia Mara. Second Seminarian Alexandre Barros succumbs to gluttony and drink. As Third Seminarian, Christian Clark goes looking for sex in a den of whores. Seduced by Fortuna, danced by a mesmerizing Rachel Van Buskirk, Clark enters a high-stakes contest pitting piety against physical desire.
The ballet clocks in at just under 70 minutes, a relatively short evening at the theater. Atlanta Ballet communications staff have not said whether or not Bintley's "Carmina" will remain in company repertoire, going forward under Gennadi Nedvigin's artistic direction — all the more reason not to miss this chance.
David Bintley’s “Carmina Burana”
Atlanta Ballet with Georgia State University Singers & Master Singers
8 p.m. Feb. 10-11. $25-$128. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 1-800-982-2787, www.atlantaballet.com.
Bottom line: A fun and racy night on the town bears up deeper moral questions.