20 and 21 Jul 2019, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC
From the organizer:
The ballet suite “Carmen” is one of the most successful productions of HBSO’s ballet division, and later this month it is being given two new performances at the Saigon Opera House on July 20 and 21.
Georges Bizet wrote Carmen in 1875, but as an opera. Then in 1967 the Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonzo created a ballet suite based in part on Bizet’s music, but more specifically on music by the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin.
In HBSO’s excellent production the iconic image of a bull’s head stares down from a red background and forms a potent overseer of proceedings. The line of motionless costumed figures that features several times is both surprising and effective. Nguyen Thu Trang is considered the perfect fit the role of Carmen with her charm and admirable personality. Ho Phi Diep will play Don Jose, Nguyen Luong Hoa as the toreador Escamillo, and Thach Hieu Lang as Fate, a figure covered entirely in black who intermingles with the human characters without their entirely noticing.
The atmosphere throughout is tense while remaining tautly lyrical, and the result is utterly mesmerizing. The staging is by People’s Artist Kim Quy.
The first two ballets, performed before the interval, are “Falling Angels” and “Dépaysement”. “Falling Angels” is a very short piece about the challenges of being gay. Choreographed by Nguyen Phuc Hung, it will be performed by Do Hoang Khang Ninh and Sung A. Lung (who was partly responsible for the work’s inception). “Depaysement” (which means ‘disorientation’ in French) was choreographed by Julien Guerin to music by Chopin, Satie, Faure, Beethoven and Albinoni.
Ticket prices are from 300,000 to 650,000 VND, with a special price for students of 80,000 VND on production of a valid student’s card.
Booking and delivery: 028 38237419, Ms. Ngoc: 0903604539
At HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square
Online Booking: www.ticketbox.vn
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