French composer Georges Bizet wrote the opera Carmen in 1875. In 1967, Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonzo created a ballet suite based in part on Bizet’s music, as well as music by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. The suite was an inventive reinterpretation of both composers’ works.

Instead of merely interpreting the content of the original opera, Shcerdrin famously referred to his bold work as more than an arrangement, rather “a creative meeting of the minds”. In particular, the familiar tunes of the opera have been vividly transformed through the arrangement of strings and percussion.

The original ballet was not initially appreciated for its use of distinct styles to tell a story already familiar to many. However, after more than 50 years, the ballet has since become a staple of performances throughout the world.

People’s Artist Kim Quy is bringing the renowned ballet Carmen to the stage in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring the talented Nguyen Thu Trang in the title role, Ho Phi Diep as Don Jose, and Dang Minh Hien as the dashing toreador Escamillo.

On April 2, an exciting evening of ballet awaits, with the suite “Carmen” and two additional ballets, “Falling Angels” and “Dépaysement”, set to be performed. This is an event not to be missed!

The piece explores the struggles of living as a homosexual in a society that is still very much rooted in traditional values and beliefs. It also examines the relationship between the two men and how it is affected by the taboo of their sexual orientation. The choreography of Falling Angels is based on a combination of modern and traditional dance styles, creating an emotional and powerful story. The piece is a powerful reflection of the discrimination faced by homosexuals in today’s society, and it is a reminder that everyone deserves to be accepted and to be happy.

Meanwhile, “Dépaysement” (disorientation) is expertly choreographed by Julien Guerin, with music by renowned composers Frédéric Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven.