Two ballets by Roland Petit: Carmen with L’Arlésienne
February 16–18, 2017
Two landmark works of 20th century dance, never before performed in New Zealand, are given their first performances by the RNZB. These iconic works by French master-choreographer Roland Petit with music by Georges Bizet combine explosive drama and high-voltage technique.
L’Arlésienne: It’s high summer in Provence. On his wedding day, a young man is captivated, then obsessed, by an unknown, unseen woman. Consumed by his vision, he abandons his bride, losing his reason and ultimately, his life.
Carmen: Temptress, free spirit, victim or villain? Carmen lives and loves on her own terms. Whatever claims a man makes on her body, her heart and mind are her own. Bizet’s opera Carmen was first performed in Paris in 1875 and is one of the most popular works in the operatic canon. Roland Petit’s ballet, now his signature work, premiered in London in 1949 with Zizi Jeanmaire in the title role and Petit himself as Don José.
Pre Performance Events
Friday 17 February 6:30pm
Isaac Theatre Royal, Grand Circle Foyer
Warm Up, Curtain Up!
Saturday 18 February 6:20pm
Isaac Theatre Royal
Gold coin donation