Bizet/Shchedrin – Carmen / Cullberg Ballet (Mats Ek)

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With the hot glow of her cigar, the piercing intensity of her gaze, and her unabashed sexuality, Carmen radiates defiance. She's a woman who knows what she wants and is ruthless in pursuing it. She takes and discards lovers as she pleases. Mats Ek's International Emmy Award-winning version of the fiery tale of passion and murderous jealousy is an exciting, suspenseful mix of bravura dancing and inventive, powerful storytelling. Set to Rodion Shchedrin's "Carmen Suite," the Russian composer's arrangement of Bizet's perenially popular opera music, this stylish production features award-winning dancer Ana Laguna as a mesmerizing and irresistible Carmen, with Yvan Auzely and Marc Hwang as her rival lovers: macho bullfighter Escamillo and romantic young soldier Jose.

Product Details

  • Actors: Ana Laguna, Yvan Auzely, Marc Hwang
  • Format: Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2002
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000687DZ

Customer Reviews

Couldn’t agree more

 on February 14, 2012
By Balletomane
A quick word to add to the plaudits already said- this is a tour de force of dance. The sheer exhilaration energy and potency


7 people found this helpful.
 on June 22, 2003
By csc
Mats Ek has done it again! I’ve watched this ballet about 10 times over and have never stopped loving it. Because of this ballet, I fell in love with the Shchedrin version of “Carmen”. Marc Hwang (Jose) and Ana Laguna (Carmen) delivered exceptional performances, to say the least. I cannot think of any dancers who fit the roles as well as they did. The choreography was definitely one of its kind, and brings the viewer into a refreshing new world. I’m glad that I was able to see it on dvd where not a single gesture or facial twitch was missed. A DEFINITE MUST for all modern ballet lovers, and a great buy for anyone who is even mildly interested in dance. You need to see it to believe it.

life changing…

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 9, 2002
…sounds pretty stupid, but seeing this performance on Bravo several years ago completely turned me inside out. It’s fresh, virtuosic, and utterly spectacular. I had never seen anything like it and haven’t seen anything remotely like it since–and I see a lot of dance, including Bourne. Have even thought about flying cross country to see them when they were touring. Btw, make no mistake, Cullberg’s fresh take does not at all subvert the story of Carmen. It’s the most close-to-the-bone retelling I’ve ever seen. I am beside myself that this is now on dvd.

A Psychodramatic Dance With Humor

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 29, 2005
Mat Eks’ Carmen ballet is a psychologically probing and at the same time highly amusing. It depicts the story from Jose’s point of view, beginning with him facing the firing squad, then dissolving into his life with Carmen.

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