Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky Pas de deux / Carmen. It was last on stage 26 October—12 November 2015 as part of the Autumn 2015/16 season.
A new narrative work from acclaimed dancer Carlos Acosta concludes this mixed programme, featuring brilliant short ballets by Liam Scarlett, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine.
As The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, Liam Scarlett has created a number of works for the Company – but the dark and brooding Viscera (2012), created for Miami City Ballet, marked Scarlett’s US debut. To music by American composer Lowell Liebermann, Scarlett constructs an intense work with a sensual pas de deux at its core.
Jerome Robbins created Afternoon of a Faun in 1953, to Debussy’s seductive Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. He was inspired by watching two young dancers intent on rehearsing a pas de deux, obsessed by their reflection and seemingly unaware of the dance’s sexual resonances. The work has become one of Robbins’s most enduring creations.
George Balanchine created the virtuoso Tchaikovsky pas de deux in 1960. He was inspired both by the extraordinary abilities of New York City Ballet dancers Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow and by the music – a newly discovered movement from Swan Lake that had not been heard since Tchaikovsky’s death. The resulting work pushed the classical pas de deux to thrilling new extremes.
Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote, his first creation for The Royal Ballet, is already a work central to the Company’s repertory. His new work uses the great music and gripping story of Bizet’s Carmen. Martin Yates creates a new adaptation of Bizet’s score that makes use of the Royal Opera Chorus and flamenco singing.
News and features
12 November 2015
What did you think of the relay of The Royal Ballet's mixed programme featuring Carlos Acosta's latest ballet?
Watch: Members of the cast and creative teams on Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux and Carmen12 November 2015
Backstage films from the live relay of The Royal Ballet's latest Mixed Programme including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.
12 November 2015
As the curtain comes down on his new Carmen, we’d like to hear your memories of Carlos Acosta’s 17 years with The Royal Ballet.
Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky Pas de deux / Carmen relayed live to cinemas around the world on 12 November 20156 November 2015
Mixed programme includes Carlos Acosta’s new ballet.
5 November 2015
The acclaimed American composer speaks about seeing his music choreographed and the process of writing his first original score for ballet.
27 October 2015
What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Mixed Programme featuring the world premiere of Carlos Acosta's new Carmen?