UPDATED! See Irina Kolesnikova and the St Petersburg Ballet in Her Name Was Carmen


The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre presents Her Name Was Carmen starring Irina Kolesnikova


Poster Image for Her Name Was Carmen © Petr Titarenko

World Premiere at the London Coliseum

5 performances ONLY 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 August 2016

After her visit last year with the St Petersburg Theatre and their thoroughly enjoyable performances of Swan Lake and La Bayadère, Irina Kolesnikova and the celebrated St Petersburg Ballet Theatre return to the London Coliseum to present the world premiere of Her Name Was Carmen from 23 – 28 August 2016.

Click here for Jim Pritchard’s review of Her Name Was Carmen on 25 August 2016.

This will be a new take on an old classic, transforming Mérimée’s story by setting it in a refugee camp on the fringes of Europe, bringing new drama to the piece.

The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre aims to show 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, despair, suffering and a desire for a better life.

Her Name Was Carmen is a deadly cocktail of passion and tragedy. After her family becomes a target for cruel people smugglers, the free spirited and feisty Carmen finds shelter in a refugee camp. Against this backdrop of despair, the naïve camp guard Jose and the local smuggler’s boss both fall under her spell and so the love triangle implodes.

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.

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.”

Her Name Was Carmen

Music: Georges Bizet
Orchestration: Murat Kabardokov
Libretto: Roman Smirnov
Choreography: Olga Kostel
Set and costumes: Vladimir Firer

London Coliseum

Tuesday 23 August 2016 – 7:30pm
Thursday 25 August 2016 –7:30pm (Gala Press night)
Friday 26 August 2016 – 7.30pm
Saturday 27 August 2016 – 7:30pm
Sunday 28 August 2016 – 7.30pm


Full Price*: Stalls: £95.00, £80.00, £60.00/ Dress Circle: £116.50, £81.50, £66.50/ Upper Circle: £66.50, £46.50/ Balcony: £26.50, £16.50

Concessions: Group rates available

*A pound from every ticket sold will go to support Oxfam’s work with refugees

How to book:

BOX OFFICE – 020 7845 9300 – £3.50 booking fee applies
www.eno.org – £1.75 booking fee applies

IN PERSON – Performance Days: Mon to Sat 10am – 8pm


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