The undisputed queen of modern flamenco, María Pagés,uses flamenco with poetry in the unforgettably reimagining of the story of Bizet’s heroine Carmen. Accompanied by an ensemble of dancers and six of Spain’s most talented musicians, Yo, Carmen is on at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall from 11 – 12 March 2019.
A pioneer in contemporary flamenco, iconoclastic Seville-born dancer and choreographer María Pagés has challenged traditionalists with her sensual rethinks of Spanish dance, and her confrontations of hard issues. She found international fame as a guest artist with Michael Flatley’s Riverdance, forming her own dance company in 1990 before going on to win a dazzling collection of international awards.
María Pagés creates an excitingly bold and multi-faceted blend of Carmen and the songs that inspired it. She reclaims and remakes the original story as a vibrant, contemporary ode to the essence of what it is to be a woman.
Yo, Carmen’s featured musicians – including violin and cello alongside flamenco guitarists and singers – provide a live soundtrack of Bizet’s familiar opera tunes, the popular songs that inspired them, and gripping original flamenco.
Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Projects Australia presents Yo, Carmen
11 – 12 March 2019Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer HallTickets now on sale at artscentremelbourne.com.au