Man, Man, Horse, Woman

At Last, a Flamenco ‘Carmen’ by Spaniards

"For the first time, the horse has a role in the show. It's not decorative. It's a role that promotes the plot, that convinces and seduces with its own beauty. The horse, because of its whiteness and the lighting, acquires a certain brilliance, not a 'special effect' but a real apparition, spiritual in that it forms a part of the story."

This Carmen is sung in Spanish. Távora doesn't think the audience needs to understand the words. There's no dialogue; the nonverbal elements, what he calls "the physical poetry," will be enough to transmit emotion. "The eloquence of the stance—it's a physical language, for and of the senses. The words are important, but not fundamental. It will all be translated in the playbill, the words to the songs. But do you need to translate the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven in order to understand it?" he asks. "It's the same thing."


Horse sensuality: Lalo Tejada, Jaime de la Puerta, and Illustrado 13 in Távora’s Carmen
photo: Robert Ramos
Horse sensuality: Lalo Tejada, Jaime de la Puerta, and Illustrado 13 in Távora’s Carmen

La Cuadra de Sevilla makes its U.S. debut in Salvador Távora'sCarmen at City Center, 131 West 55th Street, September 12 through 23. For tickets and information call 212-581-1212 or visit www.citycenter.org.

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