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Orff in the air: ‘Carmina Burana’

Meet Amanda Rentschler, left, who will dance with Caroline Calouche & Co. in a production of “Carmina Burana” April 17-18 at Booth Playhouse.
Meet Amanda Rentschler, left, who will dance with Caroline Calouche & Co. in a production of “Carmina Burana” April 17-18 at Booth Playhouse. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Amanda Rentschler of Charlotte is a wife, mom, dancer, writer and IT consultant.

When Rentschler, 28, isn’t at home with husband, Joseph Tenney, and 2-year-old son, Lane Rentschler, she’s rehearsing with Caroline Calouche & Co. aerial dance troupe for their interpretation of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” April 17 and 18 Booth Playhouse.

“I have my hands in a lot of different pots and I prefer it that way,” she says. “My mother always said the way to financial success is through multiple income streams. I think it is the same for an artist. The way to artistic success is exploring every avenue that interests you.”

Even when she was a little girl acting in the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Rentschler was adapatable.

“I always got into plays and I got rejected for my first play because I didn’t know how to do the grapevine,” Rentschler says. “So I started taking dance classes and just fell in love with it as a really different way to express myself without the filter of a script.”

She says that freedom to be able to move touched her on a deeper, more personal level. “I just took to dance.”

Rentschler danced her way to the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem through high school and college. After performing for a while there, she moved to New York City.

“I kind of just followed the opportunities as they came,” she says. “My dream was never to be in a professional New York dance company. I really just wanted to explore smaller companies. I like the feel of them.”

Rentschler moved from New York to Baltimore, where she traveled with a small physical theater company. Her next dance step took her to Portland, Oregon. Eventually she danced her way back to Charlotte, where she joined Calouche.

In “Carmina Burana,” she’ll once again get to stretch herself – dancing with the troupe on the floor, doing a duet with Javier Gonzalez in a rotating net, spinning with four other women on a steel wheel high above the audience, and twirling as she hangs from a rope by her wrist in her solo.

That’s more than enough for anyone and it’s just the way she likes it.

See ‘Carmina Burana’

Caroline Calouche & Co. performs its interpretation of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at 8 p.m. April 17 and 3 and 8 p.m. April 18 at Booth Playhouse.

Details: carolinecalouche.org; http://www.carolinatix.org/

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