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La Cuadra de Sevilla
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Carmen

By Salvadora Távora

Venue RDS Shelbourne Hall
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An Andalusian opera with bugles and drums. By Slavador Távora, from the original legend told by the old cigarette-makers from Triana.

Thrilling singers, dancers and guitarists, a mgnificent white stallion and the spine-tingling sounds of a 30-strong authentic Andalusian pipe and drum bank bring the passion of authentic flamenco song and dance to the Festival. Inspired by the stories his great-grandmother told him of the real Carmen, Salvador Távora has created a lavish and authentic Andalusian opera, quite different from Bizet's familiar version.

Fiery and powerful like the heat of the Mediterranean, performed by Spain's most celbrated theatre company, this stunning entertainment has brought audiences to the heights of emotions - and to their feet on three continents.

The Dublin Theatre Festival will present this magnificent specatacle in the newly constructed Shelbourne Hall at the RDS in a specially configured 2000 seat arena.

Salvador Tavora and La Cuadra de Sevilla
La Cuadra has been a vibrant part of the Spanish Theatre scene for 26 years. Under its director Salvador Távora, La Cuadra has produced 12 shows that have been the voice of Andalusian culture; they have played some 2,800 performances for nearly two million spectators in 27 countries and 121 international festivals. Távora's achievements with La Cuadra have been recognised with a range of awards and distinctions including the Gold Medal Merit of Performing Arts, given in 1986 by the King of Spain, and the Andalusian Theatre Prize in 1990. Távora was honoured with the title "Andalusian of the Year 1993," given by the Andalusian Cultural Entities Federation iof Cataloniam in recognition of his work in portraying the cultural values of Andalusia.

"Dances, fury, blood, pain, beauty, acts, and customs. They are all rooted in behaviours that we have inherited. From the resounding aesthetic universe in which Carmen lived and died - our universe - we are setting our eyes and our senses on a search for the freedom that she died for, and we are exercising our right to cleanse with our own 'language' a legend that is part of our own history." - Salvador Távora

"Electrifying, spine-tingling, riveting. Words are pale shadows to describe the emotional impact of this Andalusian Carmen"  Sydney Morning Herald

"It's the sort of memorable show that will have those who managed to see it crowing to their less fortunate friends for a long time to come" Manchester Evening News

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