Matthew Bourne’s Re-Imagination Of  Bizet’s Carmen Comes To Curve

Wed 20th May, 2015 @ 4:51pm by seedcreativenetwork

Matthew Bourne’s Re-Imagination Of  Bizet’s Carmen Comes To Curve

Curve is delighted to play host to the revival of one of Matthew Bourne’s most requested productions - the internationally acclaimed dance thriller The Car Man - from 16 - 20 June.

Based on Bizet’s popular opera, The Car Man has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in New Adventures’ repertory, featuring Shchedrin’s powerful Carmen Suite and new arrangements of Bizet's legendary score, by New Adventures Associate Artist, Terry Davies.

The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960’s America where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge. Inspired by classic European and American Film Noir cinema and the Pulp Fiction novels of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler; Lez Brotherston’s epic design, Chris Davey’s evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling, create a dangerous and uncompromising vision of small-town America.

Matthew Bourne, Director and Choreographer, said “The return of The Car Man is always an exciting time for the New Adventures Company. It is probably the most popular of our shows amongst the dancers, who relish the chance to visit this dark and gritty world, so different from many of our other productions. On a personal note, it is also a wonderful opportunity to re-watch many of the dozens of movie classics that inspired the creation of this piece and to introduce these to our young company. The Car Man has always been a training ground for the finest New Adventures actor/dancers and I look forward to helping our next generation meet the challenges of this most dramatic of productions.”

The Car Man is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, with music by Terry Davies & Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite (after Bizet’s Carmen); designs by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Paul Groothius. The project is supported by Arts Council England through the Grants for the Arts funding programme.

To book, call the Ticket Office on 0116 242 3595 or book online at


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