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The National Ballet’s Carmen Turns Up the Heat

The National Ballet of Canada's Carmen is a sultry offering for summer (photo: Sian Richards)

The National Ballet of Canada’s Carmen is a sultry offering for summer (photo: Sian Richards)

JUNE 5 TO 16  The summer heat is nothing in comparison to the erotic intensity of Carmen. This month, the National Ballet of Canada brings back to the stage the tale of a strong-willed, independent woman and the man who is both drawn to and terrified by her sexuality. Incorporating the timeless music of Rodion Shchedrin and Georges Bizet, this modern production by choreographer Davide Bombana is a full-length version of his original one-act ballet—first seen in Toronto in 2009—expanding on its unflinching carnality and heartrending tragedy. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, $25 to $180; call 416-345-9595 or click here for showtimes and to buy.  —Marina Smart

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