The Company

Carmen

Upon requests from an audience survey, Robert Weiss choreographed a full evening Carmen to Georges Bizet’s very famous and beloved score in 2000.  The ballet recreates the scenes in Seville at the cigarette factory where the sensual Carmen works; her arrest by the handsome Don Jose (a corporal in the army) and her seduction of him; her rescue by the band of gypsies; the scenes in the mountains and tavern when Carmen and Don Jose join the gypsies; and Carmen’s encounter with the handsome bullfighter Escamillo and ultimate betrayal of Don Jose.   The action is fast paced and colorful; the pas de deux with Don Jose and Carmen and with Carmen and Escamillo are steamy and fraught with tension.  The dramatic ending leaves one breathless.  All the dramatic elements of Bizet’s great opera are present in Carolina Ballet’s production.