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Carmen - Schauspielhaus Zürich


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

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.


Press quotes

"This is grand theater." NZZ

"Thunderous applause for a queer Carmen. (...) Fantastic, stunning, touching: mezzo-soprano Katia Ledoux as Carmen." Tages-Anzeiger

"The singing, the orchestra under the direction of Jonathan Palmer Lakeland and, last but not least, Andrew Yee's magnificent, thoroughly eccentric and sometimes strange composition based on the Bizet opera were truly reason enough for the loud cheers and standing ovations at the premiere." Tages-Anzeiger


Ryan Capozzo
 / Katia Ledoux
 / Asude  Karayavuz
Collegium Novum Zürich
Norah Knapp / Liam Rooney / Simon Thoeni / Valerie Tveiten / Dariia Yelahina
Wu Tsang
Movement & Creative 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
Kristina Yorgova
Hair Design
Sara Mathiasson
Helena Eckert
Artistic Research
Fred Moten / Pie.fmc (Pedro G. Romero, Joaquín Vázquez, Enrique Fuenteblanca)
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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
costume design intern
Stella Schütz
Dayen Tuskan
Katja Weppler
Surtitle set-up
Eva Salom (Panthea)
Surtitle operators
Holly Werner / Victoria Engler / Josephine Scheibe
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A Production by Schauspielhaus Zürich
In co-production with Hartwig Art Foundation 

A collaboration with Collegium Novum Zurich & the Georg Solti Accademia
Led by Zoi Tsokanou and Jonathan Palmer Lakeland
Georg Solti Accademia Artists: Jonathan Palmer Lakeland, Kristina Yorgova, Ryan Capozzo


Special Thanks: Yinka Esi Graves, Araceli Galan, Soledad Gutiérrez, Yumna Marwan, Rocio Molina, Vanessa Montoya, Jose Pineda, Markus Reymann, Beatrix Ruf, Tapiwa Svosve, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza


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


Dates Conduction: Jonathan Palmer Lakeland (4/23/25 May & 8 June 2024), Zoi Tsokanou (6/7/8/10/12/13/27/28 May & 1/2/5 June 2024)
Dates with Katia Ledoux as Carmen: 4, 8, 12 May 2024.
Dates with Asude Karayavuz as Carmen: 6, 7, 10, 13, 23, 25, 27, 28 May, 1, 2, 5 & 8 June 2024.
Cast changes: Emeka* Ene for Tabita Johannes 8 May 2024 and for Steven Sowah 23 May 2024

  • 2h 30min wit 30min break
  • World premiere: 4. May 2024, Schiffbau-Halle
  • Schiffbau-Halle
  • With English and German surtitles
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 27 May and 8 June.
Thursday 23.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Do
Saturday 25.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Schiffbau Subscription
  • Followed by an artist talk
Monday 27.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Theatre Monday
Tuesday 28.05. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Carte Blanche
Saturday 01.06. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Carte Blanche
Sunday 02.06. 18:30 Schiffbau-Halle
  • 3 more times
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  • Carte Blanche
Wednesday 05.06. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
  • Happy End
  • 2 more times
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Saturday 08.06. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
  • Happy End
  • Last Show
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More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.
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.