Carmen and Other Works
Ballet Victoria presents a new work by Philippe A. Jacques. Set to various versions of the traditional Mexican song La Llorona, Philippe’s work explores the exploitation of vulnerable groups suffering. Ballet Victoria will also be presenting a new pas de deux to Maurice Ravel’s iconic Boléro. Lastly, Carmen, set to Bizet’s iconic score, recounts the dramatic tale of freedom and passion in a new one-act ballet. Carmen explores love and adversity through visceral choreography, creating an emotionally compelling production.
Behind the Curtain
Originally an Opera by Georges Bizet, Carmen is one of the most performed and recognized operas globally. The popular one-act ballet was created in 1967 by Cuban dancer Alberto Alonso. Danced first by the famous Maya Plisetskaya for the Bolshoi Ballet, it is an entertaining ballet with audacious harmonies and irresistible melodies. Alonso’s production was banned in the soviet at the time as it was deemed disrespectful to Bizet’s work. Eventually, Schedrin’s music became widely accepted which aided in the ballet’s success. Carmen continues to remain popular and is considered to be the most frequently performed ballet based on Bizet’s opera.