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Carmen — Moscow Festival Ballet

"Carmen" is a one-act ballet created in 1967 by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso to music by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin taken from the popular opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet.

Alonso's treatment of the famous love story centers on Carmen, Don José and the bullfighter Escamillo. Carmen is a passionate, free-spirited woman. Fate, a ballerina dressed in black and a representation of Carmen's alter ego, tells Carmen's fortune with a deck of cards. A fight with tobacco dealers leads to Carmen's arrest. In jail, she seduces Don José and convinces him to release her from jail. Carmen is subsequently caught in a love triangle between Don José and popular bullfighter Escamillo. Fate reappears in the final act, this time playing the role of a bull where the three main characters meet in a bullfighting arena, a metaphor for Carmen's destiny.


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