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Yo, Carmen

María Pagés Company

A vibrant ode to womanhood, and a radical reimagining of Bizet’s voluptuous opera heroine – from the brilliant flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés.

A vibrant ode to womanhood, and a radical reimagining of Bizet’s voluptuous opera heroine – from the brilliant flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés.

Visionary and flamboyant, and blending dance, music, poetry and theatre, Yo, Carmen digs deep into the primal emotions of flamenco – and is unforgettably beautiful. The show brings together eight dancers in Pagés’ fluid flamenco choreography. Seven musicians – featuring 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.

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, and going on to win a dazzling collection of international awards.

Yo, Carmen marks her very personal creative journey with the figure of Carmen, whose operatic incarnation she has known since her childhood. In her captivating show, Pagés unwraps Carmen’s myths and stereotypes – to look deep into the essence of the feminine.

Performed in Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, French and English with English supertitles
Audio Described
13 Aug 8pm

María Pagés Director, choreographer and costume designer
El Arbi El Harti Dramaturgy
Pau Fullana Lighting designer

George Bizet, Sebastián Yradier, Rubén Levaniegos, Sergio Menem, David Moñiz, María Pagés Music

María Zambrano, Widad Benmoussa, Akiko Yosano, Marguerite Yourcenar, Margaret Atwood,
Belén Reyes, El 
Arbi El Harti, María Pagés Poems

María Pagés, Eva Varela, Virginia Muñoz, Marta Gálvez, Nuria Martínez, Julia Gimeno, Sara Pérez, 
María Vega

Ana Ramón, Juan de Mairena Singers
Rubén Levaniegos, José Carrillo ‘Fyty’ Guitar
Chema Uriarte Percussion
Sergio Menem Cello
David Moñiz Violin

More information about some of the artists

María Pagés Compañia
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12-13 August 2017

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