Dresden Semperoper Ballett / Choreographed by Johan Inger
Choreographer Johan Inger has spent the last twenty years becoming an overnight sensation. While dancing at the Nederlands Dans Theater in the 90s, Swedish-born Inger’s choreographic talent came to the attention of Jirí Kylián and soon he was collecting a series of prestigious awards. But in 2016 he took out the big one: the Prix Benois de la Danse – an Oscar of the ballet world – for Carmen, his first full-length work.
A contemporary take on the classic story of seduction, betrayal and murder, Inger’s Carmen not only focuses on its fearless and freedom-loving heroine but broadens its gaze, like Prosper Mérimée’s literary source material, to Don José’s pathological fear, violence and suppression of a courageous and sexually independent woman. Seen through the eyes of a boy, bewildered by the ugly manifestations of machismo, this large-scale work is a fascinating interpretation in dance of Bizet’s themes, with sublime passages for soloists and duos and thrilling ensemble sequences of consummate virtuosity.
Created for Madrid’s Compañía Nacional de Danza to the familiar Bizet/Shchedrin score (with additional music by Marc Álvarez) its Australian debut is being performed by the superb Semperoper Ballett, the Dresden-based company whose recent international touring has garnered critical adulation for the ensemble’s ‘breathtaking precision and urgent grace’. Unmissable.
A choreographic masterpiece
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A mind-expanding work of art… Choreographer Inger has shown us a big glimpse of what 21st-century ballet might become
Santa Barbara Independent
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Choreography Johan Inger Production Director Gamal Gouda Music Georges Bizet, Rodion Schtschedrin Original additional music Marc Álvarez Costume Design David Delfín Set Design Curt Allen Wilmer Lighting Design Tom Visser Choreographic assistants Urtzi Aranburu, Patricia Vázquez Iruretagoyena Ballet Masters Gamal Gouda (Principals), Carmen Piqueras (Group) Dramaturgy Gregor Acuña-Pohl
Fri 8 Mar, 7pm & Sat 9 Mar, 7pm Carmen Ayaha Tsunaki Don José Jón Vallejo Little Boy Anna Merkulova Officer Zúñiga Gareth Haw Toreador Christian Bauch Guards Francesco Pio Ricci, Michael Tucker Smelling Dogs Anthony Bachelier, Václav Lamparter, Skyler Maxey-Wert, James Potter Cigarreras Ilaria Ghironi, Aidan Gibson, Rebecca Haw, Jenny Laudadio, Nastazia Philippou, Susanna Santoro, Mónica Tardáguila Ensemble Ilaria Ghironi, Aidan Gibson, Rebecca Haw, Jenny Laudadio, Nastazia Philippou, Susanna Santoro, Mónica Tardáguila Anthony Bachelier, Johannes Goldbach, Gareth Haw, Václav Lamparter, Skyler Maxey-Wert, James Potter, Michael Tucker
Sat 9 Mar, 2pm & Sun 10 Mar, 7pm Carmen Duosi Zhu Don José Francesco Pio Ricci Little Boy Nastazia Philippou Officer Zúñiga Joseph Hernandez Toreador Joseph Gray Guards Johannes Goldbach, Gareth Haw Smelling Dogs Anthony Bachelier, Václav Lamparter, Alejandro Martínez, Rodrigo Pinto Cigarreras Kaitlyn Casey, Aidan Gibson, Rebecca Haw, Jenny Laudadio, Elena Karpuhina, Susanna Santoro, Mónica Tardáguila Ensemble Kaitlyn Casey, Aidan Gibson, Rebecca Haw, Jenny Laudadio, Elena Karpuhina, Susanna Santoro, Mónica Tardáguila Anthony Bachelier, Johannes Goldbach, Gareth Haw, Joseph Hernandez, Václav Lamparter, Alejandro Martínez, Rodrigo Pinto