Ballet in one prologue and three acts (1945)
Music by Georges Bizet
from the opera Carmen, 2. Suite L´Arlesienne
Choreography Liam Scarlett
Premiere: 8. 4. 2017
With the central protagonist of his novella Carmen, Prosper Mérimée created a character that has lost none of its topicality and fascination to this day. Carmen is presented as a wilful and sensual temptress with an unbroken desire for freedom. Again and again, her story poses the fundamental question of what love means to an individual, how it should occur in everyday life and what the other, the lover, should be like. The configuration of the relationship between Carmen and Don José is the story of two people whose concepts are irreconcilable: "Love is a bird that nothing can tame," sings Carmen, putting the essential problem in a nutshell. The extreme emotions, the conflicts between the lovers and adversaries, make this story predestined for an absorbing, tension-laden dance adaptation: scarcely any other opera has been adapted as a ballet as often as Carmen. In a guest appearance at the Theater an der Wien, the Norwegian National Ballet presents one of the most recent of these adaptations. The choreography, which was rapturously received at the premiere, was created by Liam Scarlett, one of the London Royal Ballet's most high-profile young choreographers.
As of June 15, 2016 ticket sale at the box-offices (Theater an der Wien, Wien-Ticket Pavillon) as well as telephone and online booking for performances until December 31, 2016. Tickets for performances as of January 1, 2017 will be available as of September 1, 2016.