‘the sexual impulse is a force of destruction;
destruction is a part of nature’

after a close reading of susan mcclary’s feminist analysis “georges bizet: carmen”, i was inspired to find a dramatic premise that decentralized don josé as the protagonist, while preserving the joyful psychosis of propser mérimée’s original tale from 1845. what emerged was a meditation on the sexual impulse as a force of destruction -- with carmen reimagined as a sort of cabaret-shiva.