Carmen Around Again

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Arts Issue: August 2015
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SEE IT: Ballet Hispanico choreographer and dancer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano is by turns inspired and inspiring. He took inspiration from Pablo Picasso for CARMEN.maquia, Sansano’s take on George Bizet’s classic opera (which was itself a spinoff of the French novella by Prosper Mérimée), and after a performance last November, Sansano inspired New York Times dance critic Brian Seibert to describe his movements as “rippling and twitching in rapid agitation” amidst a sea of Modernist black-and-white costumes against pleated backdrops of bullfighting images. With a capable cast, elegant costuming and sleek, street-ballet style, CARMEN.maquia is sure to inspire applause. Tickets cost $35-$40 and shows take place at 7:30 p.m. September 16 and 18 in the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.