ballet by Steffen Fuchs

Music by Georg Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin and Lo Còr de la Plana

Is the ideal woman gentle and reserved or fiery and headstrong? Literature, opera and dance have often devoted themselves to answering this question over the past centuries, creating the stereotypes of “femme fragile” and “femme fatale”. But in the end, these female figures have one thing in common, despite their supposed richness of facets: they all spring from the imagination of their male creators.

Carmen may be self-determined and free. But she, too, is a product of her inventors from the very beginning: first the writer Prosper Mérimée, then the composer Georges Bizet. And precisely in this way, the decision about life and death is not made by her in the end, but by Don José. For the charm of her self-determination ends where she, as a woman, detaches herself from her lover.

Between rousing rhythms and tender melodies, in the midst of the Spanish people, who appear proud and full of life, a love story of man and woman unfolds, who meet as equals, but in the end break apart because of the entrenched ideas of love and freedom.

Choreography: Steffen Fuchs

Set and costumes: Konstanze Grotkopp