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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.

Introduction

This abstract ballet in three sections closely follows the contours of Liebermann's score and showcases the full range of the dancers' technique.

Background

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.

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