Carmen’s fate, although not originating in mythology, is nonetheless timeless. Her conflictual relationship with Don José recalls in many ways the conflict between Eros and Thanatos : Love and Death.
Carmen, with her fiercely independent and insolent nature, rushes along like the heroines in classical tragedies towards an end that she knows to be fatal. In Prosper Merimee’s short story, the red thread of the ballet, she cultivates the paradox of « the obscure light». A solar woman as well as a lunar woman, she rejuvenates in the love she is seeking everywhere without any concession. She will pay for it with her life.
created on 6th June 1996 by the Company Temps Présent
at L’Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Etienne
new production Malandain Ballet Biarritz
21st December 2008 in the Gare du Midi de Biarritz
music Franz Schubert
choreography Thierry Malandain
set and costumes Jorge Gallardo
lighting design Jean-Claude Asquié
coproduced by Teatro de Sant Cugat, Opera Théâtre de Saint-Pierre, Grand Théâtre de Reims, L’Onde de Velizy Villacoublay, Teatro Victoria Eugenia de San Sebastian, Les Amis de Malandain Ballet Biarritz, Malandain Ballet Biarritz
duration of the entire ballet 45’
ballet for 16 dancers