Carmen is one of the most highly anticipated productions of the year, choreographed by celebrated South African choreographer Veronica Paeper.
This ballet is set to kick off the Joburg Ballet’s 2018 season, in association with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Carmen tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts his military duties, yet eventually loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage, and is a well-known ballet and opera. You can look forward to a story filled with suspense and drama, set to the well-known tunes by George Bizet, in an exhilarating choreographic fusion of classical ballet, Spanish dance, and freshly-invented dramatic dance action.
Carmen is brought to life for ten performances only from 6 to 15 April accompanied by the relaunched Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) - breathing life into Bizet’s famous music, under the baton of conductor Brandon Phillips.
“When I produced La Traviata for Joburg Ballet I found the dancers very skilled on a technical level and superb dramatically, so I’m really looking forward to restaging Carmen and fascinated to see what we can achieve,” says Paeper.
Last seen on the Johannesburg stage eight years ago, Paeper’s acclaimed full-length ballet showcases a new generation of Joburg Ballet stars in the roles of Carmen and Don José in this searing story of passion and betrayal.
Of the season’s four ballerinas sharing the title role, Shannon Glover and Sanmarie Kreuzhuber will return to a role they first danced several years ago while Claudia Monja and Monike Cristina are making their debuts as Carmen. Carmen’s lover Don José will be danced by Ruan Galdino (with Glover), Leusson Muniz (with both Monja and Kreuzhuber) and Revil Yon (with Cristina).
“No matter how fine a ballet company is, dancing to a live orchestra brings a dynamic brilliance and dramatic force to performances. Joburg Ballet is thrilled to be working with the JPO in an association that brings two of Johannesburg’s most applauded artistic companies together,” says Joburg Ballet’s CEO Esther Nasser
Speaking on behalf of the orchestra, JPO artistic drector and CEO Bongani Tembe says, “The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra is excited by the new collaboration with Joburg Ballet. Both organizations share the mission of enriching the local community by offering high calibre productions, implementing education initiatives and offering performance opportunities to a wide range of artists.”
Joburg Ballet offers a range of affordable ticketing options for Carmen, including two budget-priced morning matinees with all seats just R 100 and discounts for pensioners and groups.