This is a past event.
When: March 24-April 10 2011
Phone: 719-0900
Price: $25-65
carolinaballet.com

When certain works become canonical in the generally conservative world of ballet and opera, there's a tendency to forget that such entertainments once skirted the vanguard of controversy. Such is the case with the opera known as Carmen. Perhaps it's been responsible for dreary stereotyping of Iberian womanhood, but Georges Bizet took his racy, violent story about a Romany temptress, gangsters, a nave young soldier and a matador from a Prosper Mérimée novel that in turn was a hijacking of a Pushkin poem. A few weeks into its troubled premiere at Paris' family-friendly Opéra-Comique, the composer died of a heart attack at age 36. Bizet's score was soon set to dance, and 135 years later the scandalous tale has survived repeated iterations and overexposure.

In Raleigh, the Carolina Ballet attracted attention with its 2000 production, which is the basis for this spring's remounting. In a company press release, artistic director Robert Weiss announced that his new version amounts to a tightening of the action: "I realized that I had followed the opera very closely. There is a lot of filler [in the old version] that really wasn't necessary to the story line, and I think the few changes I have made make it a better ballet." There will be 11 performances between tonight and April 10. —David Fellerath

Reviews/comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Search for…

Map

Nearby

© 2014 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation