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Carmen's Tango Bar

Carmen's Tango Bar is an example of Pablo's collaborative endeavors. Working with other dancers and musicians
as artistic director of the piece, Carmen's Tango Bar is a clever retelling of Merimee's Carmen in a one 60 minute act.

Mr. Rodarte collaborated with two dancers, Lucilene DeGeus and Paco Antonio, adding a five piece instrumental ensemble to create a theatrical analysis of Carmen's co-dependencies. Carmen goes from tough harlot to agonized, disillusioned romantic, and from greedy gold-digger and celebrity groupie to finally become an independent woman who tosses off the constraints of female and male stereotypes. All four male suitors; the pimp, cavalier, tycoon and celebrity, are played by one male demonstrating surprising versatility, enabling Carmen to play out her entanglements with men.

For this economic telling of the story, the musical director, Jake Mossman, arranged pieces extracted from Bizet's Carmen giving them an Argentinean flavor transporting the audience to a sleazy tango bar in the docks of Buenos Aires. The five-piece ensemble consists of a flute, violin, guitar, accordion and bass. Projected images by Graphic Artist, Tim Jones, completed the setting of time and place with his stylized images.

Carmen's Tango Bar

"Carmen's Tango Bar" es un ejemplo de un esfuerzo conjunto entre Pablo Rodarte y dos bailarines, cinco músicos y un artista gráfico. Como escenógrafo, Rodarte ingeniosamente recuenta la vida de Carmen de Merimee en un acto de sesenta minutos.

Colaborando con dos bailarines, Lucilene DeGeus y Paco Antonio, y un conjunto de cinco musicos, Rodarte crea un análisis teatral de las codependencias de Carmen. Carmen revela sus conflictos entre prostituta seca y romantica atormentada y desilusiónada, oscilando entre buscadora de fortunas y fan de personajes célebres. Finalmente se independiza, liberándose de los encierros de estereotipos femininos y masculinos.

Los cuatro prototipos; el chulo, el caballero, el magnate, y el personaje célebre están interpretados por un solo bailarín, realizando sorprendente versatilidad, permitiendo el desarrollo de los enredos de Carmen y los cuatro tipos.

El director musical, Jake Mossman, compuso piezas extraidas de "Carmen de Bizet" dándoles un sabor argentino que transporta al público a un bar porteño de Buenos Aires. El conjunto de cinco músicos se compone de flauta, violín, guitarra, acordeón, y bajo. Las imágenes projectadas por el artista gráfico, Tim Jones, remataron la época y el lugar dándole un ambiente porteño.



Critics


"Pablo Rodarte pulled together a 20th Century Carmen in his Carmen's Tango Bar to reveal several aspects of femininity. Rodarte's dramatic sense and choreographic craftsmanship should be seen more often.
This was a tremendously entertaining show."
- Albuquerque Journal, Jennifer Noyer

"Lucilene DeGeus, as a Carmen with Argentinean flair, strutted through the evolving aspects
of her character with wondrous sensuality."
- Albuquerque Journal, Jennifer Noyer

"He created his characterization of Carmen using four male personae as foils, all danced with
superb comic timing and finesse by Paco Antonio."
- Albuquerque Journal, Jennifer Noyer


 
     

 

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