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Yo, Carmen

María Pagés Company
12 - 13 August 2017
Edinburgh Playhouse

A vibrant ode to womanhood, and a radical reimagining of Bizet’s voluptuous opera heroine – from the brilliant flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés.

Visionary and flamboyant, and blending dance, music, poetry and theatre, Yo, Carmen digs deep into the primal emotions of flamenco – and is unforgettably beautiful. The show brings together eight dancers in Pagés’ fluid flamenco choreography. Seven musicians – featuring violin and cello alongside flamenco guitarists and singers – provide a live soundtrack of Bizet’s familiar opera tunes, the popular songs that inspired them, and gripping original flamenco.

A pioneer in contemporary flamenco, iconoclastic Seville-born dancer and choreographer María Pagés has challenged traditionalists with her sensual rethinks of Spanish dance, and her confrontations of hard issues. She found international fame as a guest artist with Michael Flatley’s Riverdance, forming her own dance company in 1990, and going on to win a dazzling collection of international awards.

Yo, Carmen marks her very personal creative journey with the figure of Carmen, whose operatic incarnation she has known since her childhood. In her captivating show, Pagés unwraps Carmen’s myths and stereotypes – to look deep into the essence of the feminine.

Pagés is not just a dancer; she is a master storyteller and dance is her pen


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  • Language: 
    Performed in Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, French and English with English supertitles
  • Audio Described:
    13 Aug 8pm
  • Running time: 
    1hr 20mins approx (no interval)


Edinburgh Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Place


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    María Pagés Director, choreographer and costume designer
    El Arbi El Harti Dramaturgy
    Pau Fullana Lighting designer

    George Bizet, Sebastián Yradier, Rubén Levaniegos, Sergio Menem, David Moñiz, María Pagés Music

    María Zambrano, Widad Benmoussa, Akiko Yosano, Marguerite Yourcenar, Margaret Atwood,
    Belén Reyes, El 
    Arbi El Harti, María Pagés Poems

    María Pagés, Eva Varela, Virginia Muñoz, Marta Gálvez, Nuria Martínez, Julia Gimeno, Sara Pérez, 
    María Vega

    Ana Ramón, Juan de Mairena Singers
    Rubén Levaniegos, José Carrillo ‘Fyty’ Guitar
    Chema Uriarte Percussion
    Sergio Menem Cello
    David Moñiz Violin

    More information about some of the artists

    María Pagés Compañia
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    Yo, Carmen | Edinburgh Guide

    August 13th 2017

    intoxicating blend of dance, drama, music, song and poetry ★★★★★

    Read the full review here

    Review by: 

    Vivien Devlin
    Edinburgh Guide

    Yo, Carmen | The Herald

    August 13th 2017

    Pages (...) cuts through the Carmen-cliches with charismatic solos that are akin to anthems of free will and self-determination ★★★★

    Read the full review here

    Review by: 

    Mary Brennan
    The Herald

    Yo, Carmen | The List

    August 13th 2017

    María Pagés' flamenco poem to womanhood is brazen and brilliant ★★★★

    Read the full review here

    Review by: 

    Lucy Ribchester
    The List

    Yo, Carmen | The Scotsman

    August 14th 2017

    adrenaline-enducing footwork and beautifully intricate arms all performed in perfect unison ★★★★

    Read the full review here

    Review by: 

    Kelly Apter
    The Scotsman

    Photo: David Ruano

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


    Circle: £35 £30 £24 £19
    Stalls: £35 £30 £24 £19 £13 £11
    Balcony: £19 £13 £11

    Current discounts

    Students: 30% OFF
    Senior citizens: 30% OFF
    Unemployed: 30% OFF
    BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
    Under 18s: 50% OFF
    Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF