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Irina Kolesnikova Season

Her Name Was Carmen

Experience love without boundaries in this struggle to survive.

Following last year’s sell-out season, the world’s leading ballerina Irina Kolesnikova returns to the London Coliseum from 23-28 August with a new take on an old classic, Her Name Was Carmen.

Fiery, rich and beautiful, Carmen is a deadly cocktail of passion and tragedy. After her family is brutally murdered, Carmen finds shelter in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Europe… here she becomes entangled in a love triangle with tragic consequences.

Her Name Was Carmen is a new full-length ballet in two acts brought to life by 50 dancers from the critically acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre. It is set to a re-orchestrated version of Bizet’s much-loved score, and is played live by the orchestra of English National Opera.

Her Name Was Carmen marks an unprecedented collaboration between the SPBT and international aid agency Oxfam. One pound from every ticket sold will raise vital funds for Oxfam’s Refugee Crisis Appeal, providing live-saving essentials like food, water and sanitation.

The producers reserve the right to substitute any scheduled artist even at short notice should the need arise.

'Truly a thing of remarkable beauty: technically flawless with great fluidity and a beautiful command of character. [Irina Kolesnikova] alone is worth the ticket price'

Daily Telegraph on Swan Lake

'[Irina Kolesnikova is] a rare phenomenon'

Sunday Express on Swan Lake

Tickets from £15 – £95 plus booking fee.*

* London Coliseum charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.


Creative Team

Georges Bizet


Murat Kabardokov


Roman Smirnov


Olga Kostel


Igor Tomashevskii


Vladimir Firer

Set and costumes

Evgeny Gasburg

Lighting Designer


Irina Kolesnikova


Dmitry Akulinin


Yuri Kovalev


Soloist and corps de ballet of the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre

Orchestra of English National Opera