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Sadler's Wells, London
1hour 50 minutes including one interval
Johan Inger's fresh take on the classic tale of seduction and obsession

With its fiery drama and iconic music, Carmen never ceases to thrill. In this reimagined version, choreographer Johan Inger takes audiences deep into the passions and dark undercurrents of the original story – imbuing the enduring tale with new resonance.

Sensual and spirited, Carmen turns every head – including Don José’s. But when she refuses to fall under his control, he plunges into an abyss of jealousy and rage, with tragic consequences.

Inger’s choreography combines contemporary and classical movement to powerful effect. Nine large movable mirrors frame the action – transporting us from a town square through to the troubled mind of Don José. Menace and foreboding loom over the stage, thanks to additional music by Marc Alvarez which complements Bizet and Shchedrin’s classic score, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Johan Inger has choreographed for major companies around the world, including Nederlands Dans Theater and Spain’s National Dance Company. He won the Prix Benois de la Danse for Carmen, which English National Ballet brings to the UK for the first time.

Dancers: Emily Suzuki and Junor Souza. Photo © Jason Bell. Creative Direction: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.


“Stark and sleek”

Audio-described performance

The performance on 6 April at 2:30pm will be audio-described. There are a limited number of Stalls seats reserved for partially sighted patrons, and headsets available for those wishing to listen to the audio description, please email if you wish to book these options.

To accompany the Audio Described performance, visually impaired patrons can go on a Touch Tour before the performance. Your tour guide will take you backstage, or onto the stage itself, to feel costumes and pieces of the set and learn more about the production. To find out touch tour times, please contact the Sadler’s Wells Ticket Office at or by calling 020 7863 8000.



Johan Inger
George Bizet
Rodion Shchedrin
Marc Álvarez
Additional original music
Álvaro Domínguez Vázquez
Orchestration (Bizet)
David Delfin
Costume Design
Tom Visser
Lighting Design
Curt Allen Wilmer and Leticia Ganan AAPEE with estudiodeDos
Set Design
Gregor Acuña-Pohl
Toby Mallitt
Urtzi Aranburu


Meet the principal cast

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