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Art Alert: Carmen as a musical theatre performance at Hanager

The performance is directed and choreographed by Reem Hegab who also provided the dramaturgy for the performance

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 May 2019
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Egyptian director, choreographer and actress Reem Hegab will present her take on the famed Carmen at Hanager Arts Theatre starting Friday, 7 June.

For a century and a half, Carmen has been one of the most famous Spanish heroines. To many, she symbolises love and passion, enchants us with her charm, sensuality, fierceness and passion in exactly the same way as she lured Don Jose, a naïve officer, her lover-turned-assassin.

Carmen is a story that invites music, rhythm, colour, Spanish flair and passion; above all, it is a rich soil for creativity, and the many adaptations of the story have turned it into a guaranteed audience magnet.

The story of Carmen is well known to Egyptian audiences. Based on a story by French author Prosper Merimee, the Spanish heroine who has made her way to George Bizet’s opera of the same name (premiering in 1875) has been staged at the Cairo Opera House numerous times. Dozens of other stagings of Carmen appeared on international stages since its premiere, usually to Bizet's music, presenting the gipsy girl's story as theatre or dance shows. 

In her take on Carmen, Reem Hegab draws on the original text by Merimee fused with Bizet's music, yet she also introduces a number of original songs written for the performance, in an attempt to present the story in a form of musical theatre.

Reem Hegab provided the dramaturgy for the show, directed and choreograhed it. The music combines original Bizet music with compositions by Saad Mamdouh.

Programme:
7-23 June, except 10 and 17 June, at 8pm
Hanager Theatre, Cairo Opera House Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

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