Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Viscera. It was last on stage 3–14 November 2012 as part of the Autumn 2012/13 season.
This abstract ballet in three sections closely follows the contours of Liebermann's score and showcases the full range of the dancers' technique.
Edward Villella, Director of Miami City Ballet, commissioned Liam's US choreographic debut after he saw his acclaimed Asphodel Meadows at the Royal Opera House in 2010. Viscera's premiere in January 2012 was given a standing ovation and garnered rave reviews.
The ballet is set to contemporary American composer Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto no.1. A sensual and haunting pas de deux forms the heart of the piece, accompanied by Lowell’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 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.