A woman is more than a woman; a man is more than a man; and death is more than death. Flamenco has become synonymous with the passionate Spanish mentality – just like the character of Carmen thanks to the French novelist Prosper Merimée and composer Georges Bizet.
Irrationality, earthiness, heightened awareness of death, and a dash of the diabolical – this is how one Spanish poet has defined the untranslatable Spanish word duende, which is considered the core of flamenco. Flamenco is not simply virtuosity, immaculate technique and elegant style. It means the ability to express the inexpressible in front of the audience, to express art so that it gives you the spontaneous chills of poesy.
Bizet's Carmen is inspired by Seville, which is also the home of the Antonio Andrade Flamenco Company that will be performing this exceptionally sensitive version of Bizet’s work. It is Andalusia, the home of flamenco, the mixture of Iberian and Moorish, Jewish and Gypsy cultures. This production, which premiered in Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, has been presented in the best venues of the world, from Japan to New York. On one evening in August it will also be performed in Pirita.
Estimated run time 2 hours 15 minutes (one intermission)