[Dance ~ Australian Premiere ~ Adelaide Exclusive ~ GER]
Festival Theatre,Adelaide Festival Centre, Fri 8 Mar.
Everybody knows the story of Carmen, of lust, love, betrayal and murder. This ballet, choreographed by Johan Inger, takes the story on a rollercoaster of emotions, the tale as seen through the eyes of a boy. The music we all love and adore is still there and with added compositions from Marc Álverez, the story is told through eloquent dance instead of song with stunning effect.
The set is minimalistic, but really the tale told by the dancers doesn’t need the busyness of props to make an impression, and with the added lighting and music it is enough.
The cast performed with grace and agility and was such a pleasure to watch. The emotions are so clear in their movements and expressions, no words or arias are needed. There are two different dance stars that take the five main roles to perform the four shows in Adelaide, our Carmen is Ayaha Tsunaki and Don José is Jón Vallejo, together they made striking chemistry. Anna Merkulova starred as the little boy and, although just a story I really felt for ‘him’. Officer Zúñiga and Toreador, Gareth Haw and Christian Bauch, were Carmen’s other love interests and were magnificent in their roles, I especially appreciated the scene in which Zúñiga was shot, and it was breathtaking.
It really was a stunning visual display and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Carmen is one of my favourite operas and this did not disappoint in its telling of the sad story of Carmen and the torment of Don José.
Carmen continues at Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, at various times, until Sun 10 Mar.
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Image courtesy of Ian Whalen