No longer the tragic gypsy of Mérimée’s novella made famous by Bizet’s opera, the heroine of Her Name Was Carmen is now a refugee in a camp somewhere in Europe. Don José, originally a naive soldier, is a fellow inmate; the glamorous toreador Escamillo transmogrifies into the leader of a gang of people smugglers.
St. Petersburg Ballet is a 50-strong touring company mostly used as a vehicle for its leading lady, Irina Kolesnikova. We’re more used to seeing her in crowd-pleasing classics such as Swan Lake, but clearly the lady fancied a new challenge.
This was provided by the current refugee crisis in Europe. Kolesnikova and her choreographer, Andrei Kuznetsov-Vecheslov, visited a number of refugee camps in the Balkans to fashion the material for this new work.
Music will be a new arrangement of the famous Bizet score; and although we can’t possibly recommend this with great enthusiasm, we would note that £1 for every ticket sold will go to the charity Oxfam to support its work in the Balkans.
|What||Her Name Was Carmen, St.Petersburg Ballet at the Coliseum|
|Where||London Coliseum, WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
23 Aug 16 – 28 Aug 16, 19:30 No performance on 24 August
|Price||£16.50 - £95|
|Website||Click here to book via the Coliseum website|