In a streak of passion and choreographic novelty, National Dance Company of Spain (CND) revisits Macau with Carmen, a dance adaptation of Bizet’s operatic masterpiece, which will be shown at Macao Cultural Centre on November 4.
Created by Swedish choreographer Johan Inger, this portentous performance offers dance and music lovers a pure, uncontaminated view of a classic. Blending the original score with additional contemporary music, Inger constructed the action seen through the innocent eyes of a young boy.
The plot revolves around a love triangle composed by Don José, the main prison guard, the very sexy Carmen and the Toreador, who in this version is portrayed more as a pop star. In a dramatic crescendo, the story is filled with intense lust and violent moments that lead to the heroin’s death.
Founded in 1979, the CND is a world class dance company built on a vast repertoire created by a string of renowned artistic directors and choreographers, such as Nacho Duato, who took over its directorship for more than 20 years. Currently led by artistic director and former principal dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet, Jose Carlos Martinez, the company displays a versatile cast and creative team. Set out to interpret pieces in styles as diverse as neoclassical, modern and contemporary ballet, the CND reserves a special place for Spanish and vanguard choreographers.
Based in one of the most successful operas ever produced, Carmen’s tale of jealousy and desire was firstly adapted from a novella by Prosper Mérimée before it became widely attractive to a string of prestigious choreographers. Removed from the usual stereotypes usually associated with the story, Johan Inger’s Carmen stages a sober, contemporary version with a subtle proximity to the 1960s. Theatrical and dramatic, the very same production which has earned him a Benois de la Danse prize in 2016 will now delight us with the physical and technical skills of a topnotch dance troupe.
Source: Macao Cultural Centre