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The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre presents Her Name Was Carmen at the London Coliseum 

After last year's successful season at the London Coliseum, the celebrated St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will return to this iconic venue to present the world premiere of Her Name Was Carmen, a new take on an old classic, from 23rd to 28th August.

After last year’s successful season at the London Coliseum, the celebrated St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will return to this iconic venue to present the world premiere of Her Name Was Carmen, a new take on an old classic, from 23rd to 28th August.

The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre transforms Mérimée’s story by setting it in a refugee camp on the fringes of Europe, bringing new drama to the piece. With Irina Kolesnikova as the principal ballerina, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre shows how art can respond to one of humanity’s most urgent crises. The ballet has drawn on Irina’s recent experience visiting refugee camps in the Balkans to express timeless themes of hope, suffering and the desire for a better life.

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Her Name Was Carmen is a deadly cocktail of passion and tragedy. After her family is brutally murdered, the beautiful, rich but fiery Carmen finds shelter in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Europe. There, the naïve camp guard José and the local smuggler’s boss both fall under her spell and so the love triangle implodes with tragic consequences.

This new full-length ballet is in two acts, brought to life by 50 dancers in modern dress, set to a re-orchestrated version of Bizet’s much-loved score played live by the orchestra of the English National Opera. The London Coliseum will be hosting five performances only: 23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th August, at 7:30 pm.

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As Irina Kolesnikova says: “Her Name Was Carmen distils the emotional directness of Bizet’s opera and speaks to timeless themes of hope and despair, suffering and a thirst for a better life. I hope this ballet will live in on in the hearts of the audience and will urge them to support and help refugees in some small way. ” 

This ballet will be a good opportunity to exercise our emotional intelligence and our solidarity with one of most appalling tragedies being suffered today. Besides, you’ll be directly helping the cause, since a pound from every ticket sold will go to support Oxfam’s efforts to provide shelter and support to refugees in the Western Balkans. There are still tickets available for performances on the 25th, 27th and 28th August.

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London Coliseum
St Martin’s Lane

Tickets from £15 – £95

Performance Days: Mon to Sat 10am – 8pm

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