Art Love Monday: uCarmen

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Sometimes special performances come in and out of town in the blink of an eye. Such is the case for uCarmen, happening now through Saturday, October 10 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California.

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Bringing this theatrical interpretation of the critically acclaimed film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha to the stage is South Africa’s Isango Ensemble.

The film won the 2005 Golden Bear for best film at Berlinale. The story centers around the personalities in a township, most notably, Carmen, who’s bewitched the local men. Who she’ll choose as a lover… well, that’s a question everyone wants answered.

What audience members can expect of this South African interpretation of French composer Georges Bizet’s famed opera Carmen: “Combining musical theater with pulsating African rhythms, Isango’s uCarmen is a fresh new take on one of the most popular operas of all time.”

As for the Isango Ensemble, here’s a bit more info about this Cape Town-based company: Isango Ensemble is a South African theatre company that draws its artists mainly from the townships surrounding Cape Town. Our stage productions and films have played to sold-out audiences across the world, and we’ve received numerous international awards. Isango’s productions re-imagine classics from the Western theatre canon, finding a new context for the stories within a South African or township setting thereby creating inventive work relevant to the heritage of the nation.  Our company’s structure embraces artists at all stages of their creative development allowing senior artists to lead and contribute towards the growth of rising talents.

There are just a few performances left, and you don’t want to miss it!

Performance Dates and Times

Location: The Broad Stage

Run Time: 150 minutes with intermission

Wed Oct 77:30pmPremier / Level A / Level BBuy Tickets
Fri Oct 97:30pmPremier / Level A / Level BBuy Tickets
Sat Oct 102:00pmPremier / Level A / Level BBuy Tickets
Sat Oct 107:30pmPremier / Level A / Level BBuy Tickets

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