Carmen Suite for String Orchestra and Percussion (after Georges Bizet), Excerpts
Compositions by Marc Alvarez
A very Spanish story in the hands of a Swedish artist: Johan Inger’s adaptation of ‘Carmen’ allows the audience to observe the work through the eyes of an innocent child, feeling the full force of its scenesof violent conflict. The performance is hot-blooded, mysterious and a merciless critique of sexual violence. In contrast to previous interpretations, Inger rejects the aesthetic of flamenco and uses a contemporary language of dance to reveal the drama of jealousy.The location is not necessarily Seville, and the bullfighter is less a toreador than a film or rock star. The Tonkunstler Orchestra under Manuel Coves accompanies the dancers, playing original works by Georges Bizet and adaptations by Rodion Shchedrin. These piecesare supplemented by electronic compositions by Marc Álvarez.