An exciting international theatre collaboration exploring Carmen will culminate in a showcase of five unique pieces in Canterbury on 20th and 21st September and in London on 22nd and 23rd September.
“A Date With Carmen” not only sheds new light on the story of Carmen, but also on the complex cultural landscape of modern Europe and our understanding of love, jealousy, betrayal and fate.
Carmen is a quintessentially European story: inspired by a Russian poem, written in French as a novella about a Spanish gypsy, adapted to become one of the world's most performed operas which was first produced in London.
For this project, five different partners across Europe were invited to go back to Carmen's roots, and create brand-new works inspired by Mérrimée's novella. The result is a rich and original programme of startlingly different interpretations, exploring the themes of Carmen through modern eyes from very different cultural backgrounds.
Jonathan Banatvala, Project Director for “A Date With Carmen”, said: "We are delighted to be bringing together such diverse and brilliant theatre companies from across Europe, and we know audiences will be amazed by the breadth and depth of their interpretations. These inspiring
performances are emotional, innovative and thought-provoking."
A DATE WITH CARMEN: SHOWCASE DETAILS
The University of Kent, The Registry, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ.
Thursday 20th September
2.15pm: Introduction and radio play: Radio Romania International (45min)
4.15pm: Workshops (including interactive audio drama: Moving Theatre*) (1h)
6.15pm: Blood Carmen stage play: Théâtre Éphéméride and Moving Theatre (1h30min)
Friday 21st September
2pm: Performance art: Green Wave (1h)
4pm: Workshops (including interactive audio drama: Moving Theatre*) (1h)
5.30pm: Choreo-drama: Tbilisi Vaso Abashidze State Music and Drama Theatre (1h15min)
Chelsea Theatre, 7 World's End Place, Kings Road, London, SW10 0DR
Saturday 22nd September
2.30pm: Radio play: Radio Romania International (45min)
3.30pm: Interactive audio drama: Moving Theatre*
7pm: Blood Carmen stage play: Théâtre Éphéméride and Moving Theatre (1h30min)
Sunday 23rd September
3pm: Performance art: Green Wave (1h)
7pm: Choreo-drama: Tbilisi Vaso Abashidze State Music and Drama Theatre (1h15min)
All events at both venues will be followed by post-show discussions.
Tickets: £5 (single event) / £7.50 (two events) / £20 (all events at one venue)!