This iconic tale of Spanish heat and gypsy passion unravels when naïve soldier, Don José, has his heart ignited by the fiery Carmen, discarding his childhood sweetheart and deserting the army. José's attempts to tame the freedom-loving beauty are futile, and when she leaves him for the famous toreador, Escamillo, all three are engulfed in the flames of jealousy and revenge.
Opera's most famous femme fatale is stripped bare in Natalie Weir's sumptuous new dance interpretation of the legendary Carmen story, performed to Shchedrin's gripping Carmen Suite by the stunning Australasian Dance Collective ensemble of six dancers. Weir's Carmen is a free spirit; dangerous, volatile and vulnerable, brought to vivid life by three dancers playing her different states of mind and alter egos.
“The movement is vintage Weir, carving shapes in the air like a sculptor’s chisel – clean and precise, but also lusciously evocative.” — Dance Australia
“Weir’s movement always generates excitement. There’s a visceral thrill of seeing bodies propelling through space, dancers launching themselves or being hurled in all directions. The intricacies of Weir’s lift transitions, executed seamlessly by her superb ensemble, are another Weir hallmark.” — The Courier Mail
“World-class contemporary dance.” — XS Entertainment
Dates & Times
18 - 26th July
Cremorne Theatre, QPAC
Return Season / 19 — 21 February, 2014 / Judith Wright Arts Centre
Produced in partnership with QPAC.
We acknowledge the First Nations people as the Traditional Owners of Meanjin (Brisbane).
In the spirit of reconciliation Australasian Dance Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their deep connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
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