Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Viscera. It was last on stage 26 October—12 November 2015.
This abstract ballet in three sections closely follows the contours of Liebermann’s score and thrillingly draws on the full range of the dancers’ technique.
Liam Scarlett, a young rising star in contemporary ballet choreography, was appointed The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence in 2012. Viscera was his first US commission, and came from Edward Villella, founding director of Miami City Ballet, after Villella saw Scarlett’s critically acclaimed Asphodel Meadows at the Royal Opera House in 2010. Viscera’s premiere in Miami in January 2012 received a standing ovation and garnered rave reviews.
The ballet is set to contemporary American composer Lowell Liebermann’s First Piano Concerto. A sensual and haunting pas de deux forms the heart of the piece, accompanied by Liebermann’s slow second movement – described by Scarlett as a ‘perfect eye-of-the-storm’. It is bookended by two rhythmically intense sections for 14 dancers, who surge across the stage in a dizzying flow of movement. The dark red, blue and black costumes were designed by Scarlett, and perfectly complement the intense and sensual choreography.
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.
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?
20 October 2015
Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme of 20th-century American classics and vibrant new works, including the world premiere of Carlos Acosta’s Carmen.