Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Carmen Flatly Betrayed

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Carmen Flatly Betrayed

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Byline: SARAH FRATER

DANCE Compania Metros/Carmen Sadler's Wells .....

A FLING or a future? The romantic twain are so easily muddled you'd think they'd be on the National Curriculum. As they're not, we have operas and ballets like Carmen, which remind us of the frequent mis-meeting of lust and love. Carmen provides the concision life lacks, and tunes so good they're part of our melodic DNA.

That's if you're lucky. If you're not, you get stamping and wailing, and the sort of Hispanic sulks that have you banning all things frilled and fringed.

Compa[+ or -]ca Metros' modern-day Carmen isn't quite this bad, indeed, bits of the small-scale show are quite good. The roofscape set cleverly evokes the hot and dusty urban night, and makes you feel on-a-level with Carmen's (Sandrine Rouet) catlike prowl. Individual performances are strong, such as Carmen's solo when she inflects her moves with a curvature of affection for Jose (Javier Garcca) The Bullfighter (Ruben Olmo) is also pulled-up appealing, and the "Jose hates me" solo from Micaela (Joana Ra[+ or -]e) is poignantly forlorn. …

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