The seven lives of CARMEN
« What happens to a character, who is doomed to relive the same story, over and over again. »
“The seven lives of Carmen” is a story about the opera character Carmen, who is doomed to relive her story as long as it is played in the opera houses, and a music critic, who wrote the critics for the opera upon its release in Paris in 1875.
The music critic was responsible for the fact that the composer George Bizet never lived to see his fame for the opera of Carmen, and as a results, not the doors of heaven, but the gates of hell await him after his death. He is condemned by the Devil to take care of the thousand-fold murdered opera characters when they arrive in the afterlife, before they are summoned back by the opera houses over the world to dive back into their stories.
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One day, he comes face to face with the captivating personality of Carmen herself and involuntarily writes a whole new story. As many men before him, he falls for her charms, and tries to free her soul from the fate to be trapped in her story until eternity. Despite their efforts to change the course of her story, Carmen is stabbed again and again- until one day she makes a fundamental decision.
« The seven lives of Carmen »
In “The seven lives of Carmen” we combine Dance and Music from Michael Webster’s Carmen Rhapsody, and works from Stravinsky and Vivaldi.
Upcoming Performance Dates:
TonTanz blends classical stories in a new way and delivers them on stage by combining chamber music (Clarinet, Accordeon, Flute) and dance.
Our first production is based on the romantic ballet Giselle.
The ballet, based on a story written by the librettist Theophile Gautier, was first performed in Paris in 1841, and is still performed all over the world today.
We combined music from Eric Satie (Sports et divertissement), Camille Saint-Saëns (Tarantella) and a flute solo by Friedgund Göttsche-Nissner, to tell the tale of a young farmer girl, who falls deeply in love with a prince, until lies and betrayal break her innocent heart.
When she hears of the engagement of her beloved prince, Giselle, full of despair, starts dancing wildly (Tarentella), until her broken heart gives up and she dies.
She is reborn as a "Wili", the ghost of a woman who died of a broken heart, led by the terrifying Wili queen Myrtha.
At night, the Wili's take revenge of the men that broke their hearts, by dancing with them until they die.
Just like the many men that preceded him, Prince Albrecht cannot escape the merciless Myrtha, who takes him to revenge Giselle. On the other hand, Giselle, with her kindness and bravery, is able to save the farmer Hilarion, who was deeply in love with her, from the hatred of the Wili's. When the morning arrives, she returns to her grave in peace.
Aarberg, Mystische Aarberger Nacht, 10 November 2018 (info)
Zofingen, Palas, November 20 2018
Kulturhaus Helferei, Zurich, June 30 2019