The 'Habanera' and Cigarette Girls of 'Carmen' are most widely recognized for the operatic performances seen around the world. In mid October, however, the Knight Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina will welcome the newly re-choreographed Ballet edition of 'Carmen' to the stage.
Having been known solely as an opera for many years, 'Carmen' was developed into a Ballet in 1964 by Rodion Schedrin for his wife, Maya Plisetskaya (a dancer for the Bolshoi Theater). Schderin made use of the operas' well known arias and instrumental processions when evolving the story into a Ballet. Upon it's first performance by the Bolshoi Theater, however, it received terrible reviews and was immediately banned by Soviet Minister of Culture, Yekaterina Furtseva.
In 2013 though it has been revitalized and rejuvenated in a whole new way by choreographer Sasha Janes, who can be found at www.sashajanes.com. Janes has been choreographing for years in both American Ballet companies and Australian companies. He began working with the North Carolina Dance Theater in 2012 and has choreographed five other Ballets to premiere in the next season, with 'Carmen' being next in line. It promises to delight audiences with a fresh look on the story of gypsy woman Carmen who falls into a love triangle with a bullfighter and the ever popular Don Jose.
The performance is scheduled to premiere at the Knight Theater in Uptown Charlotte, NC on October 17th. It will run three nights consecutively and finish its Charlotte run on October 19th. With only three performances promised tickets are being sold very quickly. To reserve your seat for this momentous performance, visit the North Carolina Dance Theater website.