Carmen is a great tragedy: small-town man falls madly in love with a spicy gypsy, much to the chagrin of his childhood love. There are fights, murders, and a weepy ending where everyone is left either heartbroken or dead. Mérimée’s 1845 novella has inspired an opera, a spaghetti western, and a hip-hop musical. (What other character could be portrayed by both Rita Heyworth and Beyoncé?) Festival Ballet commissioned Viktor Plotnikov to produce Carmen for their 2003 season; it’s a fan favorite, so they return to it every few years, this time in the intimate confines of their black box performance space.