The dramatist from Seville Salvador Távora gives his own vision of George Bizet’s Carmen in a show that mixes dance and flamenco to the beat of the music played by Las Tres Caídas Cornets and Drums Band from Triana.
A million people from about 30 countries have seen the show in 20 years and about a thousand representations. More than 30 artists, and even a dressage horse, follow the steps and movements in the ballet created by Mr Távora.
Set in Seville in 1820, the play tells the story of Carmen, a gypsy and femme fatale who works in a tobacco factory and whose wiles seduce the naïve soldier Don José. He abandons his fiancée, defies a superior officer and deserts his military duties.
Notwithstanding Don José’s feelings for Carmen, he loses her love to bullfighter Escamillo. After his loss, there’s a burst of rage, pain and jealousy in Don José he can’t control.
Cast and Creative Team:
Carmen: María Távora
Don José: Jesús Herrera
Lucas ‘El Picaor’: Jaime de la Puerta
General Riego: Gonzalo Quintero
Cigarette maker/flamenco singer: Ana Real
Cigarette maker/flamenco singer: Cristina de Tovar
Cigarette maker/flamenco singer: Elena de Carmen
Guitar: Miguel Aragón
Guitar: Juan Mari Real
Soldier/flamenco dancer: Manuel Ramírez
Soldier/flamenco dancer: Christian Sandoval
Cigarette maker/flamenco dancer: Fátima Moreno