Roland Petit's Carmen

Pennsylvania Ballet



Pennsylvania Ballet dancers performing Carmen. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

French choreographer Roland Petit's Carmen, originally choreographed in 1949 for his company Les Ballets de Paris, was restaged for the Pennsylvania Ballet's 2010–11 season opening. The restaging team of specialists coached the dancers in performance techniques that authentically evoked the character of this historical post-war ballet. Carmen was a benchmark ballet for Petit and the work established him as one of Europe's leading choreographers. Often performed in Europe, Carmen is rarely performed in the United States, which gave Philadelphia audiences a unique opportunity to see a ballet by one of the major voices of European ballet in the second half of the 20th century.