Tampa City Ballet presents Carmen, 2022


Jun 04 2022


The Straz Center
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, Florida 33602

Carmen 2022, a new production presented by Tampa City Ballet, will shimmer with dance,
passion and storytelling on June 4 th  and 5 th  at the Jaeb Theater in the Straz Center for the
Performing Arts, Tampa, Florida.
Carmen 2022 will feature twenty-eight dancers in a potent multi-disciplinary fusion of ballet, art,
contemporary dance, opera, flamenco-inspired movement, and dramatic raw emotions set to the
atmospheric score of Georges Bizet.
This collaborative event brings together six prominent women: Ms. Nuñez as Director,
choreographer Bliss Kohlmyer, opera singer Daniella Mass, multimedia artist Jennifer Petuch,
multidisciplinary artist Elizabeth Indianos, and psychiatric consultant Marguerite Pinard, MD.
They bring their unique talents and perspectives to this project.
Through this production, Ms. Nuñez and her collaborators hope to raise awareness of domestic
violence through the lens of the central character of the gypsy Carmen. Historically, gypsies
sewed small round mirrors into their dresses to ward off the evil eye. These “lunares” were
simplified into polka-dots. In Carmen 2022, polka-dots will represent the souls of women whose
lives were lost through domestic violence.
Ms. Nuñez has created a compelling and complex female character. Carmen 2022 crosses
divisional lines, demonstrating the alchemy that occurs between disciplines, creators and
performers. The artists envision Carmen, not as a victim, but as a modern woman who is strong
and steadfast in her female persona, choosing to die free rather than live under a man’s rule. She
is a fascinating prototype of feminism that remains fresh and vital more than 150 years after her

Tampa City Ballet
Project-Based Dance Company
501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
15365 Amberly Drive, Tampa, FL 33647
(813) 558-0800

Tampa City Ballet is a professional contemporary dance company with a 21st century innovative
repertoire. TCB serves the community by creating unique performances and providing high-
quality arts education, positively changing lives through the power of dance. TCB leads Tampa
in joining a global dance movement that is providing a stage for emerging artists. The
performances are emotionally moving, rich in artistry and leave audiences asking for more.
Paula Nuñez, Artistic Director
Paula has 30 years of experience which includes performing as Principal dancer internationally
and nationally with Ballet Nuevo Mundo, the renowned Cleveland-San Jose Ballet, and the
International Ballet of Caracas. Since the opening of Tampa City Ballet company she has
launched seven world premieres and collaborated with Tampa’s major cultural institutions.
Elizabeth Indianos, Multidisciplinary Artist
Elizabeth is a multidisciplinary artist with award-winning projects in writing/art and public art
projects. Her plays are about art and artists – and what it means to be one.
Bliss Kohlmyer, Guest Choreographer
Bliss Kohlmyer is the Co-Artistic Director of project agora, currently an Associate Professor of
Dance at the University of South Florida.
Daniella Mass, Opera Singer
Daniella received her degree in music from the EMMAS Music Academy in Barranquilla,
Colombia in 2008. Daniella had the opportunity to perform with numerous artists, including the
legendary tenor Jose Carreras, The Bond Quartet, Il Volo, jazz flutist virtuoso Nestor Torres,
and the sensational Andrea Bocelli.

Tampa City Ballet
Project-Based Dance Company
501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
15365 Amberly Drive, Tampa, FL 33647
(813) 558-0800

Jennifer Petuch, Multimedia Artist
Jennifer Petuch is currently a Faculty at Florida State University’s School of Dance. Jennifer is
Co-Director with Annali Rose on their underwater dance film, Liminality, which has received
National and International recognition and been screened in over 40 film festivals since 2020.
Performances are June 4th at 7 pm and June 5th at 3 pm in the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center
for the Performing Arts. Tickets begin at $68.75 and are available through the Straz Center box
office 800 – 955 – 1045 (Toll Free) & (813) 229 – 7827 or online
Tampa City Ballet would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their partnership
and support in the development of Carmen 2022: The Spring of Tampa Bay, Stanton Storer –
Embrace The Arts Foundation, Arts Council, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural
Affairs, Ybor City, Community Brands, iData Consulting, GlaxoSmithKline, and FIDELITY


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