When Johan Inger was commissioned by CND to create a new version of Carmen, he knew he was facing a great challenge, himself being Swedish, creating a traditional Spanish work for a distinctly Spanish audience. His approach to this classic tale would have to propose something new.
For this reason, Inger decided to focus on the theme of passion and violence, approaching it through the eyes of someone pure and not polluted… that of a child.
“In this character, there is a certain mystery. The child could be anybody, could be Don José as child, could be a young Michaela, or the unborn child of Carmen and Don Jose, or anyone of us, with a primitive goodness, wounded by an experience of violence, which although brief, would have an adverse effect on our lives and in our capacity to relate with others forever.
Where does domestic violence start, and where does it end?”
- Choreography: Johan Inger
- Choreography assistant: Urtzi Aranburu
- Music: Rodion Shchedrin and Georges Bizet
- Additional original music: Marc Álvarez
- Set design: Curt Allen Wilmer
- Costumes: David Delfín
- Dramaturgy: Gregor Acuña-Pohl
- Lighting design: Tom Visser
- Worldpremiere: Compañía Nacional de Danza
- 1h 30 min (ballet in two acts)