Intense training keeps bodies strong enough to perform ballet, just as intense fear keeps bodies stiff enough to function as giants’ paintbrushes. Witness a graceful transformation with this GrouponLive deal to see the Carmen Suite, performed by The Metropolitan Ballet at the Auditorium at Hopkins High School. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $39, you get two VIP tickets for front-center main-floor or front-balcony seating (up to a $98 value).
- For $19, you get two tickets for rear-balcony seating (up to a $38 value).<p>
For each seating option, choose between the following performances:
- Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m. <p>
The Metropolitan Ballet regularly offers student and senior tickets for half price.
The Metropolitan Ballet’s Carmen Suite condenses Georges Bizet’s tragic opera of jealousy and betrayal into an innovative piece of elegant dance to end its 2011–12 season. Adapted by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin for his wife, Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, the suite pulses Bizet’s masterful score through a playful prism, boiling down the orchestra to create an ensemble consisting solely of strings and percussion. The lively choreography by Ballet Nacional de Cuba founding member Alberto Alonso—also crafted specifically for Plisetskaya—expressionistically tells the tale of the titular gypsy woman, torn between her passion for a fiery army officer and a flashy bullfighter. Former Bolshoi principal and Metropolitan Ballet master Tatiana Berenova, who herself trained under Plisetskaya, embodies the tortured heroine, moving with the graceful elegance she learned from the role’s originator and honed through years spent trying to out-dance her shadow.
Shchedrin’s music takes advantage of the original opera’s fame, throwing in surprising syncopations, unexpected instrumental solos, and colorful key changes. The popular Torero movement deftly imitates the original’s swirling exuberance with strings and xylophone before what should be an explosive climax culminates in nothing more than quiet timpani beats to frustrate expectations and expose anyone who’s been loudly humming along.