Ballet Hispánico: CARMEN.maquia
Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s leading Latin dance organization, brings its celebrated CARMEN.maquia, a sensual, full-length work created by Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, inspired by Bizet’s beloved opera.
Fueled by physically charged choreography that fuses contemporary dance with Spanish paso doble and flamenco, CARMEN.maquia takes its cues from the 1845 novella by Prosper Mérimée and the 1875 opera by Georges Bizet. The ballet tells the dramatic story of Carmen, a spirited gypsy, and her love triangle with the doting Don Jose, an army officer, and Escamillo, a bullfighter. In his version, Sansano reimagines Carmen in a Picasso-inspired setting, with a white, canvas-like set and sculptural costumes made to evoke the inside of traditional flamenco attire. Bizet’s classic score remains the soundtrack, in the form of various orchestral versions with no vocals.
For nearly 50 years, Ballet Hispánico has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance. The company’s founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Currently under the artistic direction of Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the company, Ballet Hispánico tours worldwide with a repertory by some of the foremost choreographers of our time as well as emerging artists. The company specializes in works that fuse Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques to create a new style in which theatricality and passion propel every move.
“Ballet Hispánico shows what it is to be Latino in the modern world,” says The Financial Times. “This dance company can wake up the neighborhood with a sudden, brassy shout or it can croon softly in your ear, whispering words of love,” says The Star-Ledger.
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