Revisiting Bizet's Carmen: Storytelling in animation (Screening)
Fabiola Tenorio is a Mexican animator and filmmaker studying Character Animation at Central Saint Martins. Her work utilises mixed media techniques with strong narrative sensibilities to tell the stories of ordinary people’s lives whilst still exploring the greater social issues prevalent in her country.
Inspired by the machismo behaviours demonstrated by the leading men in Bizet’s Carmen, this film aims to draw attention to the everyday acts of violence towards women that too often goes unnoticed within a machismo dominated culture. tells the story of a mother living on the US Mexican border who refuses to be dominated by the machismo culture that surrounds her, highlights the violence and human rights abuses against thousands of women around the world.
This film uses the mixed media techniques stop motion animation and drawn animation to bring the Bizet’s classic story into a modern Mexican setting. These issues were common in the initial text the nineteenth century opera and they are sadly still present now.
2nd year MA Character Animation students at Central Saint Martin’s have been working in groups over the Autumn term to create original short fiction animation films in response to operas in ENO’s current season - Carmen, Madam Butterfly and Rusalka.
This course module run in collaboration with English National Opera aims to expose students to opera as an art form, as stimulus for their own creative work and to reveal career opportunities in the industry. It encourages students to consider music as a vital part of dramatic storytelling and provides them with the experience of working to a brief provided by an external client.