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Watch: Members of the cast and creative teams on Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux and Carmen

Backstage films from the live relay of The Royal Ballet's latest Mixed Programme including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

12 November 2015 at 11.39pm | 8 Comments

The Royal Ballet's latest Mixed Programme featuring VisceraAfternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux and Carmen was screened live in cinemas across the world on 12 November 2015.

The relay featured a series of backstage films, including rehearsal footage and interviews with members of the cast and creative team.

If you missed the screening on the night, or just want to find out more about the productions, here's another chance to see the films:

Liam Scarlett on Viscera, his creative process and the nature of narrative ballet

'"Viscera" literally means your insides or your guts', says choreographer Liam Scarlett. 'It's probably not the most balletic word but it really gives that sense of visceral nature — it's powerful, gutsy and raw. There's no taking it easy in this ballet'

In this film, Viscera's creator reveals the creative process behind a work he describes as a 'playground' and explores the difference between abstract and narrative ballet:

An introduction to Carlos Acosta's Carmen

'Bizet's Carmen is a masterpiece. It's one of those works that's going to live forever', says choreographer and Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta of the work that inspired his latest ballet. 'What I wanted to do was create a work that feels fresh and new, and doesn't read like a dance piece — it's more like a theatrical piece that involves different art forms, not just dance'.

In this film, Carlos and other members of the cast and creative team reveal how they adapted one of the world's most iconic operas into a modern, yet classically-grounded ballet:

Carlos Acosta reflects on 17 years with The Royal Ballet

'Dance was always a passion — I used to break-dance, and dance salsa. Ballet was my salvation. I remember doing La Fille mal gardée at The Royal Festival Hall.' recalls Carlos Acosta of his childhood in Havana and first Season with The Royal Ballet. 'That was a hard show! I always knew I could play roles that demand a lot of power and jumping but I was always so eager to grow as an artist and wanted to try the roles that people don't think I'm so suited to. That's the key — don't remain where you are, but try and keep evolving.'

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The next cinema relay of 2015/16 will be The Royal Opera's Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, relayed live on 10 December 2015. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list

This article has 8 comments

  1. Love relays as sight lines at the Opera House are so bad if you're 5ft and the air con makes me ill.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 13 November 2015 at 12:25pm

      Hi Anne,

      Sorry to hear you've experienced sight-line problems when visiting our theatre. I'd recommend exploring the 'Select Your Own Seat' option when booking online if you haven't already. The system shows a true-representation of the view from every bookable seat in the theatre and may be of use in identifying which seats or places are best.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  2. Sheila Goldberg responded on 13 November 2015 at 6:55pm Reply

    Would it be possible to publish the cast list for the peformance - the Vue at Stratford City did not supply them.

  3. Patricia Osborne responded on 10 December 2015 at 11:15am Reply

    I was a Friend of Covent Gardenfor about 40 years, before moving to the South Coast, and subsequently finding it very difficult to get to the ROH. We had a live production of the 4 ballets, including Carmen, while we were in Marbella in November,but could not go!! Can we buy a DVD OF THIS EVENT, please??

  4. Patricia Osborne responded on 10 December 2015 at 11:20am Reply

    Is it possible to obtain a DVD covering the Live production on cinema screens, on 12 November, please?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 10 December 2015 at 8:11pm

      Hi Patricia

      We will share news of a DVD as soon as it is confirmed.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

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