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National Ballet of Canada to perform Ballet based on Bizet/Serebrier Carmen Symphony

April 27, 2009

As part of the annual Luminato-Toronto Festival of Arts, the National Ballet of Canada will present the North American Premier of a ballet based on Bizet’s Carmen.

There have been many ballet versions of the story of Carmen, but there has never been one like this groundbreaking, genre-bending re-conceptualization by the provocative Italian choreographer Davide Bombana. While maintaining an allegiance to the basic narrative of the Bizet opera, Bombana dispenses with the inessentials and goes straight for the latent carnality and primal passions at work at the heart of the story.

‘I find Carmen's plot fascinating and very modern; everything is there: a sense of fate, the violence that dominates human relationships, love which devours and destroys everything and human isolation,’ says Davide Bombana.

Fine recordings of the Bizet/Serebrier Carmen Symphony are available on Naxos and BIS.

BIZET/SEREBRIER Carmen Symphony and other works
‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band
José Serebrier, conductor


BIZET L'Arlesienne Suites Nos 1& 2

Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra
José Serebrier, conductor
BIS-CD-1305 (2004 Latin GRAMMY)


Carmen Ballet

National Ballet of Canada

The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada

Performance Schedule - Carmen
2PM Saturday June 6, 2009
7:30PM Saturday June 6, 2009
2PM Sunday June 7, 2009
7:30PM Wednesday June 10, 2009
7:30PM Thursday June 11, 2009
7:30PM Friday June 12, 2009
2PM Saturday June 13, 2009
7:30PM Saturday June 13, 2009
2PM Sunday June 14, 2009


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