Friday June 23, 2017

Volatile and vulnerable Carmen brought to vivid life at Hawthorn Arts Centre

Hawthorn Arts Centre is inviting audiences to spend the night with the definitive seductress of the stage, Natalie Weir’s Carmen Sweet, as she weaves her stunningly wicked enchantments through one of Expressions Dance Company’s (EDC) and Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s most loved productions, on Saturday 17 October.

Carmen’s sultry persona is reimagined by six EDC dancers, retelling the iconic tale of Spanish naïve soldier Don Josè who had his heart ignited by the fiery Carmen.

Josè’s persists to tame the freedom-loving beauty and when she leaves him for the famous matador Escamillo, all three are immersed in jealousy and revenge.

The production is performed to Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite, a gripping arrangement of Georges Bizet’s original score of Carmen.

Natalie Weir’s Carmen is a free spirit; dangerous, volatile and vulnerable, brought to vivid life by three dancers playing her different states of mind and alter egos.

The performance explores the diversity of Carmen’s psyche that encompasses this complex character. Created by solos and duets, the piece is breathtaking, while stunningly evocative. The EDC dancers perform within a bare set, with Salvador Dali’s famous red-lipped Bocca sofa being the only feature on the stage. The bright, bold and sultry effects of the black and white enhance the dancers seductive and contrasting personas, which all work together to create a beautifully captivating performance.

“A journey of seduction, jealousy, lust and revenge” Dance Australia

“A brilliant piece of dance theatre” The Courier-Mail

Hawthorn Arts Centre is home to prestigious exhibition spaces, grand function rooms, innovative workshop spaces, and more. Local and international artists showcase their work in a destination boasting an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional design. The Hawthorn Arts Centre opened in October 2013 as part of a redevelopment brief ‘for a city of harmony where citizens can celebrate, share, express and experience a rich arts and cultural life.’

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