Ballet Review: Carmen – Instrumental Impact, Or In Pain In Spain

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Carmen (Photo Bill Zurich)

By BRUCE DENNILL

Carmen – The Ballet / Joburg Ballet with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Choreographed by Veronica Paeper / The Mandela, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein                                         6

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The return of a full orchestra to provide the soundtrack for a Joburg Ballet production is long overdue, and the opening strains of Georges Bizet’s music ahead of the first act of Veronica Paeper’s interpretation of the now nearly 70-year-old ballet create an emotional timbre for anyone in the audience who has been privileged to enjoy the powerful combination of these classical art forms before. It helps, too, that Bizet’s compositions are so powerful and instantly recognisable.

The sets for this production are relatively spare. This is in keeping with the story, almost all of which takes place outdoors, with only visual themes (as opposed to fine details) required to provide context. But it does mean that there is perhaps a…

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