Free, passionate and fiery, Carmen is the heroic figure par excellence of the Iberian folk culture. Therefore, when the Spanish National Ballet decides to attack the myth, it sees things with the appropriate magnitude, which definitively gives it its place among the largest formations in the world.
The union of a choreographer from the North — the Swedish Johan Inger — and an emblematic company of the South, Carmen is a poignant success, a mystery of seduction and violence, from love to death. In a magnificent setting of mirrors, the identity markers of Carmen have been erased to better place the legend in our world today, where suits have replaced the clothes of bullfighters. The untamed bohemian has kept her scarlet robe, her libertarian strength and her carnal beauty.
Founded in the late 1970s, the Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) has been run by José Carlos Martínez — Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet — for the past 6 years who has transformed it into a great company of the 21st century, presenting the ballets of the classical repertoire while giving a growing place to contemporary creations. An abundant and extremely creative hybridity.
Like William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián or Angelin Preljocaj before him, Johan Inger received the prestigious Benois de la Danse award in 2016 for Carmen. A worldwide consecration for a show with a wild and poisonous grace, where the twenty dancers compete with sensuality. Intense.