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Bollywood Carmen: Bizet goes bhangra

5 June 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bradford is about to host a live version of Carmen with full Bollywood trimmings. Alfred Hickling hears how the organisers plan to get 3,000 audience members dancing in fountains

A team of bullfighters is being put through their paces, but there isn't a red cape or an ornate bolero jacket in sight. Instead, the toreadors are waving variously coloured silk scarves and prancing around as if the ground is too hot to stand on. Just as it's all seeming a bit too camp for Carmen, we reach the opera's toreador's march – and a heavily amplified Indian dhol beat kicks in. Suddenly it all makes sense: this is a rehearsal of Bollywood Carmen, an ambitious mash-up of Bizet, bhangra and Britain's biggest water feature.

Due to be televised live this Sunday, the production is the latest of BBC3's grand outdoor projects, which have so far brought us an R&B Bible »

- Alfred Hickling

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