“Carmen”, the dance classic, on Friday at the Politeama theater in Catanzaro


By John

The appointments with great dance continue at the Politeama Theater in Catanzaro: on Friday 22 December, at 9pm, it will be the turn of a dance classic, “Carmen”, in the production signed by the Milan Ballet, the company already appreciated several times by the Calabrian public. A reality that represents the excellence of Italian dance with its extraordinary shows all over the world and which has been able to develop stable relationships over the years in collaboration with prestigious international institutions. Embellished in the sets and costumes, “Carmen” – ballet in two acts with music by Georges Bizetloosely based on the novel by Prosper Merimee, with choreography by Agnese Omodei Salè and the scenography of Marco Pesta – arrives in Catanzaro confirming itself as one of the most anticipated productions of the season.

Carmen, beautiful and nonconformist, passionate and desired, who challenges anyone who wants to subjugate her, and Destiny, so well described by the omnipresent leitmotif of music, are the protagonists of the exclusive version of the Milan Ballet. A bewitching face to face in which Carmen will understand that the only way to live as she wishes is to bend to Him, to the fatum, and accept the imminent death that was announced to her by her cards. It is the confrontation between the gypsy symbol of femininity and the disturbing figure that drives the story from the first scene. In fact, it is Destiny that first puts Don Josè and then Escamillo on Carmen’s path, that gradually reveals itself through the symbols of the cards (love, betrayal, death), that arms Don Josè’s hand and, in the end, to take Carmen with him.
Don Josè, the bullfighter Escamillo and Micaela are the other main performers of this ballet full of engaging choreographies: from the famous “Habanera”, to the passionate pas de deux, to the many lively ensemble dances of Gypsies, Soldiers and Cigarette Makers performed on the stupendous music by Georges Bizet. Tradition and modernity also coexist in the energetic climate of Marco Pesta’s original staging. A production that does not betray expectations for tradition, remaining faithful to Prosper Mérimée’s novel and Georges Bizet’s opera.