American Repertory Ballet Carmen at its debut appearance at the highly regarded Gerald W. Lynch Theater, located on the campus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City. The program opens with Kirk Peterson’s The Eyes that Gently Touch, set to the driving rhythms of Philip Glass’ Mad Rush, culminating in a dance replete with romance and thrilling movement. Next is Mary Barton’s Straight Up with a Twist, a work set to the eclectic sounds of Kaila Flexer and Third Ear which showcases the versatility of ARB’s dancers and Barton’s choreographic genius. The performance concludes with another company premiere: Peterson’s Carmen. Based on Georges Bizet’s opera, Peterson tells the tale of Carmen, a passionate, free-spirited woman, the fickle Don José and her love triangle between Don José and popular bullfighter Escamillo.