Royal New Zealand Ballet - Carmen with L'Arlesienne

Royal New Zealand Ballet - Carmen with L'Arlesienne


Two landmark works of 20th century dance, never before performed in New Zealand, are given their first performances by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Combining explosive drama with high-voltage technique, these iconic works by French master-choreographer Roland Petit (1924 - 2011) will be a white-hot start to the RNZB's 2017 season.


It is high summer in Provence. On his wedding day, a young man is captivated, then obsessed, by an unknown, unseen woman - the 'girl from Arles'. Consumed by his vision, he abandons his bride, losing his reason and ultimately, his life.

Drawing on Provençal folk music as well as original themes, Georges Bizet composed incidental music for the premiere of L'Arlésienne, a play by Alphonse Daudet, in 1872. While the play is now seldom performed, Bizet's L'Arlésienne Suites are frequently heard on the concert platform. Roland Petit's intense one-act ballet, based on Daudet's play, was created for the Ballet National de Marseille, the company founded by Petit, in 1974.


Who is Carmen? Temptress, free spirit, victim or villain, she 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 based on Prosper Mérimée's novella, was first performed in Paris in 1875. Its story, and working class setting, created a scandal, but Carmen is now one of the most popular works in the operatic canon, inspiring works in other genres, from musicals to notable ballets.

Roland Petit's Carmen was created for Les Ballets de Paris, and premiered in London in 1949with his wife, Zizi Jeanmaire in the title roleand Petit himself asDon José, Carmen's jealous lover. It has become Petit's signature work, eagerly performed by dancers with a flair for drama.

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There's no age restriction for Carmen but we are advising a recommendation of ages 13+ for the production due to some adult themes.
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