Saturday, 7 June 2014

Ballet Ireland's Carmen

Carmen, Ballet Ireland, Lilian Baylis Studio Theatre - reviewed on 4th June
    
Zoe Ashe-Browne as Carmen
Carmen has inspired many choreographers, including Roland Petit and Mats Ek. I’m a big fan of the latter's version (especially with Tamara Rojo in the title role), and Ballet Ireland's 2013 Carmen didn't have quite the same punch.
 
Choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple, it uses Rodion Shchedrin’s recorded score, but chopped up and interspersed with live music and even an opera song. The set – a large minimalist wooden box which rotates and unfolds – is effective, and Zoe Ashe-Browne excels in the lead role.
 
Most memorable was when the cast danced and clapped along to the onstage guitar-playing, and I wish there had been more of that.

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