A sexy, saucy Carmen

By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer

The Pennsylvania Ballet opens its season with the company premiere of Roland Petit’s tale of the Gypsy girl.

There’s sex, jealousy, a wild bar scene – and murder. The dancers smoke on stage, clap rhythmically, snap their fingers to the music, even chant. They wear bright costumes, wigs, and black pointe shoes. The scene changes five times, with many lively corps de ballet dances and a long, seductive pas de deux.

All this in about 45 minutes.

Pennsylvania Ballet opened its season Thursday night with the company premiere of French choreographer Roland Petit’s exuberant Carmen, a welcome addition to the repertoire.

Petit danced the part of Don Jose in 1949, when his company, Les Ballets de Paris, debuted it; later that year, they performed it in Philadelphia. These days, Petit’s Carmen is rarely danced in the United States, but there is a widely available video with Baryshnikov in the male lead.


About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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