In Étienne Béchard’s creation CARMEN, many elements are reminiscient of comic books and video games, with references to superheroes.
In this spirit, we asked Enora Bource, an illustrator, to present Carmen and The Toreador as character design sketches, typically found in comic books. The drawings explore the movements from their respective choreographies and highlights their signature style.
Quote: Fuis-moi, je te suis
Signature trait: is in love with freedom
Main theme: Carmen's Entrance and Habanera: Allegro moderato - Quasi andante
Costume: red tee-shirt, lipstick and wig
José’s avatar is Carmen, a femme fatale type who sports a Pulp Fiction-inspired haircut. She wears an oversized tee-shirt, reminiscent of comic book and video game “geek” style. Her second costume is almost superhero-like, emphasizing Carmen’s strength and importance.
Quote: Prends garde à toi
Signature trait: king of the metaverse
Main theme: Torero: Moderato con stoltezza
Costume: snakeskin jacket, black top and trousers
The Toreador is a manly, charismatic character, whose muscles are on full display in his dance numbers. For his costume, Emma Paris was inspired by the iconic character of Sailor Ripley, played by Nicolas Cage in the David Lynch film, Wild at Heart. His snakeskin jacket symbolizes power and strength.