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The tale of the fiery gypsy Carmen, which began as a novella and was adapted into a genre-bending opera by Georges Bizet, has inspired several ballets, the most recent of which, by Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, premiered two years ago in Chicago and won a raft of laurels. Now Eduardo Vilaro, who handed Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater to Sansano when he became director of New York’s Ballet Hispanico in 2009, has transplanted the work to the 44-year-old, Manhattan-based troupe; it makes its local debut, for one night only, at the historic Apollo, the first full-length narrative dance to grace Ballet Hispanico’s repertory. Combining contemporary choreography with Spanish paso doble and flamenco, the 75-minute CARMEN.maquia has sets and costumes that evoke the paintings of Pablo Picasso.
Sat., Nov. 22, 8 p.m., 2014