In February, Roxey Ballet will present an Evening of Love and Romance with its contemporary re-telling of “Carmen” and revival of “Frida” from Feb. 7 through 16, in its intimate, home-studio theater located at 243 N. Union St., Lambertville, N.J.
“For the 2020 Season, we will be highlighting strong and powerful women and their stories ...” said Mark Roxey, executive director of Roxey Ballet.
The original version of “Carmen” captured and scandalized audiences throughout the world when French dancer Roland Petit first presented the 45-minute tale of seduction and betrayal at Prince’s Theatre in London in 1949. The central love duet for Carmen and Don Jose is said to be among the most sensual couplings ever to be put on the stage.
Mark Roxey’s contemporary ballet choreography and staging invokes a stylized abstract décor ideal for both dance lovers and audiences new to ballet.
This evening of powerful women in dance includes Roxey Ballet’s “Frida,” based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo incorporating Mexican folk music and dance to depict her life of struggle and strength after being resigned to a wheelchair from a bus accident that left her paralyzed.
The moving tribute is choreographed by Giovanni Ravello who communicates the intense relationship between Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, the chronic physical pain she experiences after the accident, enduring more than 30 surgeries and, finally, having part of her leg amputated months before she died at age of 47 in 1954.
Even though her art is called surrealist she painted her reality, her pain and the immense love for her husband who cheated on her countless times even with her own sister.
The evening will also include guest performances by flamenco dancer Lisa Botalico with pre-professional trainee dancers of the Roxey Ballet in partnership with The Mill Ballet School of Lambertville.
Ticket prices range from $39 to $45. Tickets are also on sale for Roxey Ballet’s spring performances of “Pied Piper of Hamelin,” featuring original music and lyrics by Richard Jarboe and Harvey Shields, and “Carnival of the Animals,” the latest installment of Children’s Classic Stories performed only by the Roxey Ballet at the College of New Jersey, Kendall Theatre. For special discounts, visit on social media or go to roxeyballet.org.