Music by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin Choreography by Alberto Alonso
Production Choreographer: Viktor Barykin Production Designer: Boris Messerer Lighting Designer: Vladimir Lukasevich
World premiere: 20 April 1967, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 19 April 2010
Running time: 45 minutes
At the heart of the ballet lies the tragic destiny of Carmen the gypsy girl and José the soldier who falls in love with her, though Carmen abandons him in favour of the young Torero. The relationships between the protagonists and Carmen’s death at José’s hands is predestined by Fate. Thus the story of Carmen (in comparison with the literary source and Bizet’s opera) is presented symbolically, which is reinforced by the unity of the setting of the plot (an arena which hosts a bullfight).
Choreography by Hans van Manen Ballet Master: Rachel Beaujean Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen Costume Design: Keso Dekker Video master: Henk van Dijk