Photo by Jennifer Zmuda. BalletMet dancer Samantha Lewis.

Photo by Zaire Kacz. BalletMet dancer Samantha Lewis.

February 5 – 14, 2016 | Capitol Theatre

  • Friday, 2/5 Sr. Dress
  • Friday, 2/5 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2/6 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2/7 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, 2/11 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 2/12 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2/13 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2/14 2 p.m.

Experience Carmen as never before with the Company Premiere of the modern and dynamic Carmen.maquia. Spanish sensation Gustavo Ramirez Sansano returns to Columbus following the 2014 World Premiere of his work “Lovely Together” for Innovations and the 2014 Company Premiere of “18+1” for New Directions/New Works. Carmen.maquia is an innovative take on Georges Bizet’s iconic opera, infused with the drama of bullfights, fortune tellers and unrequited love. This incredible work opens at the Capitol Theatre on Feb. 5, 2016, and runs through Valentine’s Day.

After its 2012 World Premiere, the Chicago Tribune deemed it “feverish in detail and intensity… Sansano winds up borrowing an old tale for a new and lively celebration of art itself.” Carmen.maquia is “emotionally fierce” and “riveting from start to finish,” wrote the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Choreographer
Gustavo Ramírez Sansano was artistic director of Luna Negra Dance Theater from 2009-13 following four years directing proyectoTITOYAYA in Valencia, Spain. Awards and recognitions he’s received for his choreography include first prizes at the Ricard Moragas competition in Barcelona, the Prix Dom Pérignon in Hamburg and Las Artes Escénicas de la Comunidad Valenciana. International companies that have commissioned new works by Ramírez Sansano include Balé Teatro Guaíra, Ballet BC, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Junior de Genève, BalletMet Columbus, Balletto dell’Esperia, Budapest Dance Theatre, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Gyori Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, IT Dansa, National Dance Company Wales, Nederlands Dans Theater, Norrdans, Otra Danza and TanzTheater München among others. Ramírez Sansano was named one of 15 choreographers to watch by POR LA DANZA magazine for its 15th anniversary, one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, and a Chicagoan of the Year in the arts and entertainment by the Chicago Tribune in 2012. Last season, Ramírez Sansano’s 18+1 was extremely well received by audiences in Columbus during BalletMet’s New Directions/New Works.


Georges Bizet’s score remains the soundtrack to Carmen.maquia, though in the form of various orchestral versions with no vocals.

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