Choreography: Johan Inger
Choreographer assistant: Urtzi Aranburu
Music: Rodion Shchedrin and Georges Bizet
Additional original music: Marc Álvarez
Costumes: David Delfín
Dramaturgy: Gregor Acuña-Pohl
Set design: Curt Allen Wilmer (AAPEE)
Assistant set designer: Isabel Ferrández Barrios
Lighting design: Tom Visser
Duration: 1h 30 minutes (Ballet in two acts)
World premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza on April 9th, 2015 at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain).
Johan Inger was awarded the Benois de la Danse 2016 Prize for this choreography.
When Johan Inger was commisioned to create a new version of Carmen, being himself Swedish and Carmen a piece with a strong Spanish nature, he faced an enormous challenge. But it was also a great opportunity. The story witnessed through the eyes of a young watcher reveals the tale stripped to its mythic and universal elements of passion and violence.
“There is a certain mystery within this character, it could be any kid, it could be Don José when he was a boy, it could be a young Michaela or Carmen and José’s unborn child. It could even be ourselves, with our very first goodness wounded due to a violent experience that, though brief, has had a negative impact in our lives and our ability to interact with others forever.”