May 16, 2022

Carmen done in one hour?

Carmen Seguedille (2)

Kirstin Chávez is doing a mini tour entitled Carmen: Fire and Fate. She’ll be visiting London, Hove and Warwick in June, and we plan to review one of her first London shows on the 12th.

Kirstin will be doing some of the shows in Spanish and some in English. I’m English myself but as a Spanish speaker I’ll be reviewing one of the Spanish shows, I’m hoping it will provide a Latin edge that the English show might lack, language after all being about personality as well as words.

Kirstin has criticised other interpretations of Carmen as being 2-dimensional, so it will be interesting to see if she’s able to pull off a performance which oozes dimensions, I suppose in her own terms, just one more dimension would be a success.

Apparently Kirstin aims to show how Carmen’s lust for life and freedom led her to embrace death. To a simpleton like me this feels a bit like saying 2+2=7 but I’m happy to be proved wrong.

Its a one hour show, which I’m greatly relieved to hear. One hour is more than enough.

I actually can’t wait, I love experimental stuff like this.


Tour Dates

Carmen – Fire and Fate will be performed

Thursday 8 June 1.00 pm at All Saints Church, Hove (part of a lunchtime concert series)

Friday 9 June 7.45 pm at Warwick Arts Centre, Studio Theatre

Monday 12 – Saturday 17 June at 7.30pm at The Cervantes Theatre, Arch 26, Old Union Street Arches, 229 Union Street, London, SE1 0LR