Sunday 19 May 2019, 16:00
Presented live from Moscow, a double header of passionate contemporary Russian ballet.
Carmen is as passionate and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug, in an evening encapsulating the soul of Russian Ballet.
Carmen: Impetuous Carmen seduces Don José in order to convince him to let her out of jail. Once outside, she thinks she’s finally free before realizing that she’s in fact prisoner of a love triangle: she wants to be with the famous Torero Escamillo, but she can’t make Don José go away.
Petruska: At Saint-Petersburg’s carnival, three puppets are playing the same role over and over: the unhappy lover Petrushka, the coquette and a Moor. Fed up with this endless part that never goes well for him, Petrushka attacks his rival and flees from the puppets theatre.
The Ballet is 2 hours and 20 minutes long with 1 interval.
Music: Georges Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin and Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: Alberto Alonso and Edward Clug
Libretto: (For Carmen Suite) Alberto Alonso after Prosper Mérimée