Ballet Ireland in association with EY Ireland presents



★★★★  “..Runacre-Temple crafts ensemble work well, and she utilises the small cast to big effect. ….her trademark moves – feet turned in to a parallel position, squiggling arm gestures, abrupt change of body positions – that reveal her tendency toward contemporary dance, but now she deftly incorporates more classical ballet.” 

Christie Seaver, Irish Times

★★★★  “Choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple has produced a technically innovative production juxtapositioning classical ballet moves with jarring and often angular motions to communicate the aggression of the military and gypsy world of Carmen. The result is refreshing and powerful, as the ballet explores an atypical world to the classical form'”

Irish Mail on Sunday

Passion, drama and riveting performances unfold in Ballet Ireland’s Carmen

Thrilling audiences when first performed, this ballet created for the company follows the tragic story of a young, naïve soldier Jose who is bewitched by the beautiful and enigmatic Carmen. Obsessed and reckless, Jose turns his back on his previous life to be with her. But Carmen refuses to be possessed by anybody, even someone so relentless in their pursuit.

Award-winning choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple (Nutcracker Sweeties, Romeo & Juliet) brings a modern interpretation to the staging and choreography of this iconic work while at the same retaining all its passion and drama.
With musical arrangements for flamenco guitar which are created and performed live by flamenco guitarist John Walsh, Carmen never ceases to thrill audiences.


Morgann Runacre-Temple

Morgann Runacre-Temple


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Set design: Lorna Ritchie
Costume design: 
Original costume design Sarah Mae White
Additional costumes Eimear Regan
Lighting design: Eamon Fox
Music: Rodion Shchedrin ‘Carmen Suite After Bizet’.
Live Music: Flamenco Guitarist John Walsh


Nationwide Tour

Thursday 9th November to Friday 8th December 2023

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