Edinburgh International Festival: Yo, Carmen

Don't miss a vibrant ode to womanhood from the brilliant flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés at Playhouse.

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Presented by 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.

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’s 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.

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