Bird&Carrot in association with the Pleasance

17th Dec 2021 - 18th Dec 2021

Pentland Theatre - Pleasance at EICC



Important information:

Please note this event takes place in Edinburgh.

This Christmas, Bird&Carrot in association with the Pleasance is delighted to present the world premiere of Carmen – a new contemporary dance adaptation of Prosper Mérimée’s timeless story of love, passion and murder.

Starring international ballet superstars Natalia Osipova (The Royal Ballet) and Isaac Hernández (English National Ballet), the unique project created by acclaimed Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman allows the audience to see the characters of Carmen, Don José and Escamillo not only on stage, but also off stage where dancers foster their own relationships. The famous story that they have been re-enacting is slowly entering their everyday life...

"I’d like the audience to truly get to know Natalia Osipova, showing her strength, vulnerabilities, passion and insecurities on stage. When I look at Natalia, I can’t help but think of Carmen. I want to tell a story of the Actress on and off stage and to show the audience a miracle of transformation." - Didy Veldman

With hilarious quick changes, moving in and out of character, creating a dynamic performance throughout, we are transported into the life of these artists and are not sure at the end what part was reality. Using a strong physical movement language, theatricality and a quirky sense of humour this production will be bursting with energy shining a new light on multi-award winning Natalia Osipova.

"Natalia Osipova is extraordinary" (New York Times)

"Natalia Osipova...The magnificent star" (Sunday Times)

"Isaac Hernández: Mexico’s lord of the dance" (Times)


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