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Carmen - Schauspielhaus Zürich


By Sophia Al-Maria and Andrew Yee based on the opera by George Bizet
Inspired by the novella by Prosper Mérimée
Staging: Moved by the Motion

Moved by the Motion takes on the famous tragedy Carmen. Originally written by Prosper Mérimée and transformed into one of the most iconic operas of all time by Georges Bizet, Carmen’s tale has been adapted in numerous ways, inspiring popular culture and remaining in the collective consciousness through its controversy. Carmen is a rebellious bird, a wanderer, a hustler, a factory worker, a polylingual, shape-shifting lover, stateless and ungovernable.

In collaboration with writers Sophia Al-Maria and Fred Moten, Moved by the Motion digs through the many layers of Carmen’s legacy while taking the canonical source material further. Bizet’s original score weaves together with musical interventions by composers Andrew Yee and Asma Maroof to create a hybrid opera-theatre piece. Working seamlessly with language, movement, image and song, Moved by the Motion forms a genre-bending adaptation that reinterprets the themes that Carmen embodies: love, loss and liberation.

With Alicia Aumüller / Tosh Basco / Tabita Johannes / Josh Johnson / New Kyd / Steven Sowah / Perle Palombe / Benjamin Radjaipour / Tiran Willemse / Katia Ledoux
 / Asude  Karayavuz / Ryan Capozzo

Ryan Capozzo
 / Katia Ledoux
 / Asude  Karayavuz
Norah Knapp / Liam Rooney / Simon Thoeni / Valerie Tveiten / Dariia Yelahina
Wu Tsang
Movement Direction
Tosh Basco
Josh Johnson
Musical Direction
Asma Maroof
Andrew Yee
Text / Adaption
Sophia Al-Maria
Stage design
Nicole Hoesli / Nina Mader
Costume design
Kyle Luu
Frank Bittermann
Musical Direction / Conduction
Zoi Tsokanou / Jonathan Palmer Lakeland
Jonathan Palmer Lakeland / Kristina Yorgova
Hair Design
Sara Mathiasson
Helena Eckert
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Artistic Research
Fred Moten / Pie.fmc (Pedro G. Romero, Joaquín Vázquez, Enrique Fuenteblanca)
Audience Development
Rona Schauwecker
Touring & International Relations
Sonja Hildebrandt
Production Assistance
Mahlia Theismann
Stage design assistance
Lenki Behm
Costume design Assistance
Anna Toni Vyshnyakova / Leonie Schöning
Production intern
Till Kadler / Edwina Strobl
Stage design intern
Reina Guyer
Dayen Tuskan
Katja Weppler
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A Production by Schauspielhaus Zürich
A collaboration with Collegium Novum Zurich Zurich & Georg Solti Accademia
Led by Zoi Tsokanou and Jonathan Palmer Lakeland
Georg Solti Accademia Artists: Jonathan Palmer Lakeland, Kristina Yorgova, Ryan Capozzo

In co-production: Hartwig Art Foundation

Supported by Raymond J Bär, Else v. Sick Foundation and Beyond Foundation
Artistic Research Supported by TBA21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary



Dates with Katia Ledoux as Carmen: 4/8/12 May.
Dates with Asude Karayavuz as Carmen: 6/7/10/13/23/25/27/28 May & 1/2/5/8 June.

  • World premiere: 4. May 2024, Schiffbau-Halle
  • Schiffbau-Halle
  • English Surtitles
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 6.5., 8.5., 10.5., 13.5. and 27.5.
Saturday 04.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
  • Premiere
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Monday 06.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Theatre Monday
Tuesday 07.05. 20:00 Schiffbau-Halle
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Wednesday 08.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Friday 10.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Carte Blanche
Sunday 12.05. 15:00 Schiffbau-Halle
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Monday 13.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Thursday 23.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Saturday 25.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Followed by an artist talk
Monday 27.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Tuesday 28.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Saturday 01.06. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Sunday 02.06. 18:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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The Directors Talk
About Season 23/24

The 23/24 season of the Schauspielhaus Zürich will be special. Not only because it is the last season of Nicolas Stemann's and Benjamin von Blomberg's directorship, but also because the eight house directors are all returning to the house once again to work on new productions. In eight short videos, they talk about their plans.