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Welcome to Delaware Today’s arts blog, the spot to dish on the many cultural opportunities available to Delaware audiences. We’ll cover as many genres as possible, and note cool events offered by organizations large and small, in all three counties.

Get ready.  Lots of musical and theatrical performances in the weeks ahead. And October is National Arts and Humanities Month. Stay tuned.

Carmen is Lookin' Good

“Carmen, New Work,” slated for October 10 at The Grand Opera House, is the First State Ballet Theatre’s opener. From what I’m hearing, the performance should be spectacular. Artistic director Pasha Kambalov is restaging Alberto Alonso's “Carmen” choreography, and Kambalov is known for surprising and innovative elements. According to spokesman Robert Grenfell, “the arrangement of Bizet's opera score we're using by 20th century Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin is, if anything, more thrilling than Bizet's original.” And that's pretty thrilling.

The professional company will be wearing new, handmade costumes from Russia. "If there were ever a 'first' ballet for a non-ballet goer to attend, this is it," Grenfell says.

The second half of the show will be, "Nonsense in the Sense of Innocence," by internationally acclaimed choreographer, Viktor Plotnikov. It should be witty and elegant, and the work in five movements is set to music by Beethoven, Chopin, Johann Strauss and Vivaldi. Plotnikov, by the way, has won best choreographer honors in the past five major international ballet competitions.

Contact info: firststateballet.com or 658-7897

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