Carmen: Shadow of my Shadow
Deconstructing the archetypical femme fatale through music and flamenco dance.
Carmen: Shadow of my Shadow is an Operatic Choreopoem using flamenco dance, re-purposed songs from southern Spain, moments of Bizet’s Opera Carmen, and vocal and physical improvisation. Two women, Audrey Babcock and Paola Escobar, wrestle to break down the façade and mystique of impenetrable femme fatale represented by the image of Carmen and the Flamenca. They dig under her suit of armor to find her true self, the messy, human center; the woman who is both vicious and vulnerable, terrified and terrifying, desperately shattered and yet completely whole. In the end, having excavated her gritty and earth bound life, they prep for stage and enter together for the last scene of George Bizet’s Carmen
Audrey met Carmen at a young age. She knew this character would be a part of her life if she only had the courage to claim her. Over 30 productions and 100 performances later, this original piece is a long-awaited chance to further explore this legendary creature. Making a career of playing this particular embodiment of epic female strength, sexuality, and determination has left traces in her life that she feels called to explore.
Similarly, Paola Escobar, saw a production of Carmen as a young girl and the dancing immediately took hold of her and gave her life purpose. She found her way to Spain as soon as possible and embarked on a career in flamenco dance culture for over 15 years.
Carmen gave each of them many things, but what were they? She also took things away. The blurring lines of life and work take on many layers when up against the idea of what it is to be a woman.
The Dean’s Reserve Fund, Interdisciplinary Project Grant, Diversity Grant, Student Union Grant, The VoiceArts Department
Betsy Swanson, Chris and Jack Leff, Lawrence Levy, Patty and Chuck Phelan,
Jill and Jerome Majzlin, Leonard Majzlin, Carol Hall, Ed Benavente, Lesley Majzlin, Brett Austin, John Dubberstein, Sasha Spielvogel, Brendan Cooke, Alan Shorr, Sandra Babcock, Jeffery Eckstien, David and Peggy Ross, Jon Rupp, Kelly Ellenwood, Jorge Sosa, Michael and Debbie Bear, Ana de Archuleta, Avital Korin, David Green, Sean Altman, Inna Dukach, Irina Siegle, Victoria Kirsch, Mona Heinz, Ruth Bailey, Miriam Charney, Mark Walters, Michael Jurkovic, Emily Monahan, Judith Kandel, Samuel Swarz, Bill Aron, Ruth Mitchell, Susan Lava, Kara Hackwith Philippe, Shannon Brandt, Vanessa Grant, Elise Quagliata Treuiller, Michelle Azar, Kathryn Frady Marvel, James Marvel, Sarah-Maria Vischer, Gretchen Woelfle, Andrew Dickenson, Stella and Jim Port, Allyson Montana, Daniel and Karlina Bear, Brianne Bear, Charels Fleischner, Joan Martorano, Audrey Habush, Bernard Morse, Noam, Jill Kossow, Rosemary Peters, Adina Henry, Jack Eppler, Lyndsay Werking, Nicole Rodrigues, Darryl Blood, Matt Boehler, Siobhan Kolker, Carla Taravella, Jennifer Mackiewicz, Titania Flop, Shana Blake Hill, Regina Safdie, Andrew Nolen, Heather Gilles, Cindy Sadler, Ellen Reid, Clarke Crane.
Special Thanks to:
Jacqui Bobak, Dean David Rosenboom, Freddy Tang, Heather Rebecca,
David Majzlin, Mona Heinz, and Lauren Pratt.
And of course we couldn’t do any of this without our mini–me’s
playing in our shadows.
All of the love to:
Luna, Marcos, Martina and Jade; besos.