Carmen Sweet

Carmen Sweet WEB

Produced by:  Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Choreography: Natalie Weir; Music: Rodion Shchedrin; Design: Bill Haycock;
Lighting Design: Ben Hughes; Audio Design: Tony Brumpton;
Performed by: Expressions Dance Company

Spend the night with the definitive seductress of stage as she weaves he deliciously wicked wiles through one of Expressions Dance Company’s most loved productions.

Opera’s most famous femme fatale is stripped bare in Natalie Weir’s sumptuous dance interpretation of the legendary Shchedrin’s gripping Carmen Suite, his 1967 arrangement of the Bizet score, where only strings and percussion create a witty but rhythmically dynamic interpretation.

This iconic tale of Spanish heat and gypsy passion unravels when naïve soldier Don Jose has his heart ignited by the fiery Carmen.  Jose’s attempts to tame the freedom-loving beauty are futile, and when she leaves him for the famous matador Escamillo, all three are engulfed in the flames of jealousy and revenge.  Carmen Sweet is not a radical re-treatment of the traditional story of Carmen.  Instead Weir focuses on the central protagonist and the different aspects of Carmen’s psyche that comprise this complex character.  Carmen is a free spirit; dangerous, volatile and vulnerable, brought to vivid life by three dancers playing her different states of mind and alter egos.

Sitting on a framework of solos and duets, the movement is vintage Weir, carving shapes in the air like a sculptor’s chisel – clean and precise, but also lusciously evocative.  The duets positively sizzle with unbridled passion.

Originally created for a gala performance with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.  It was subsequently developed further and taken by Expressions Dance Company on tour, including critically well received performances in 2013 as part of Singapore Dance Theatre’s program ‘Ballet under the Stars’.

‘A short, sharp and very entertaining interpretation of a classic tale.. Four stars.’  Artshub

‘A journey of seduction, jealousy, lust and revenge.’  Dance Australia

‘A brilliant piece of dance theatre.’  The Courier-Mail

Running time:  55 minutes with no interval

 9 – 10 October 2015
Friday 9 October, 8.00pm
Saturday 10 October, 8.00pm
$39.00 – Full price
$34.00 – Concession
$49.00 – Full price
$44.00 – Concession
$41.00 – Groups 8+
Early Bird

$44.00 – Full price
$39.00 – Concession
$36.00 – Groups 8+

Last day for Early Bird Tickets: 11 September 2015

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