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In a passionate, Spanish mood

After performing a ballet piece about a puppeteer who falls in love with a nymph yesterday, the Russian Ballet Moscowia will once again take to the Curium stage to perform the passionate story of Carmen on Wednesday.

The Moscowia ballet group brings together young ballet dancers who are all graduates of the ballet schools of Moscow and St. Petersburg. These young professionals have performed many well-known and classical pieces, including Swan Lake, Blue Beard and La Traviata.

This time the young dancers will take on the four act opera by French composer Georges Bizet based on the novella of the same name by Prosper Merimee.

The tragic love story is set in Seville, Spain in the 1830s. The plot tells the tale of the gypsy Carmen, who works in a cigarette factory and loves being the centre of attention. It is the lack of attention from the young soldier Don Jose, that makes the gypsy single him out.

After a fight, a run-in with the law and Carmen’s shenanigans to make him jealous, Don Jose finally falls in love with her. But that is not enough for her, she wants him all to herself and expects him to leave the army and live a life of freedom with her.

Putting it mildly, things do not end well, so if you are the sensitive type, make sure to take a few tissues with you.

Performance by the Theatre of Russian Ballet Moscowia. June 8. Curium Ancient Theatre, Limassol. 9pm. €20/10. Tel: 99-236057

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