When to see it
This work is being performed as part of a mixed programme:
Carlos Acosta’s new ballet on Bizet’s tragic tale of jealousy and desire concludes this mixed programme, with works by Liam Scarlett, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine.
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
5 May 2015
Principal casting for performances from September 2015-January 2016 has been announced.
15 April 2015
Live Cinema Season 2015/16 includes 6 Royal Opera and 6 Royal Ballet productions screened live in cinemas across the world.
15 April 2015
Details of The Royal Ballet’s 2015/16 Season have been announced.
5 November 2012
Audience tweets and press reviews from the opening night a programme featuring Viscera, Infra and Fool's Paradise.
3 November 2012
ROH Insights: The new Royal Ballet Artist in Residence creates a visceral feast.