Carmen By Mérimée
With dance and acting as language and thread of the play, we will show the story José tells about his life and Carmen, who runs from her own myth. We will meet the ¬cigarrera introduced by Mérimée: a woman “tied” to the patriarchal society of 19th century Spain. A gypsy that fights, lives and behaves rejecting her destiny to live regardless of her ethnicity’s traditions and customs, creating a life where she decides what she wants to be.
Based on the French novel, this ballet aims to avoid Carmen’s popular myth by uprooting the femme-fatale prototype shown by Bizet in his version of the opera. A struggling, independent woman ahead of her time that, taking advantage of the stereotypes of her people, gets to own her freedom, choosing even dying before losing it.
Carmen and José, the main characters of our story, live a life full of love and jealousy worthy of Romanticism, but approached from the perspective of a realistic tragedy that, like many of its predecessors, ends with the lovers’ death. Although, unlike other stories, we will not show a pure love, but a corrupted love frustrated by jealousy.