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Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky Pas de deux / Carmen relayed live to cinemas around the world on 12 November 2015

Mixed programme includes Carlos Acosta’s new ballet.

By Ottilie Thornhill (Winner of the Kings Cultural Challenge)

6 November 2015 at 5.41pm | 6 Comments

A mixed programme of Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky Pas de deux / Carmen will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world at 7.15pm GMT on 12 November 2015.

Former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell and journalist Fiona Bruce will present the live cinema relay from Covent Garden. The relay will also feature interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

To accompany the performance a Viscera Mixed Digital Programme is available to download for free with the code ‘FREECAR’, and includes exclusive content about all four productions.


Sixty years of choreographic history are united in the first mixed programme of the 2015/16 Season. Opening with work from the Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett and closed by a new piece by Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta, contemporary choreography bookends work by leading figures of 20th-century ballet. In addition to his Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, George Balanchine’s influence is visible in Scarlett’s Viscera, although fused with elements of ‘British’ ballet style. Jerome Robbins drew inspiration for his Afternoon of a Faun from Debussy’s music to create a work of enchanting ambiguity. One of the most acclaimed ballet dancers of the age, Carlos Acosta unites classical and contemporary styles, including flamenco, to convey the vibrancy and passion of Carmen.

The Productions

Liam Scarlett made his American choreographic debut with Viscera in 2012. This abstract ballet is inspired and danced to Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto no.1, with rich red and blue costumes designed by Scarlett himself.

Jerome Robbins’s captivating Afternoon of a Faun sees the rehearsal room come centre stage: the ‘fourth wall’ becomes a studio mirror into which two dancers gaze as they rehearse.

In the 1950s researchers uncovered a lost movement from Tchaikovsky’s iconic score for Swan Lake, not heard for more than seventy years. The rediscovery inspired Balanchine’s exhilarating Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, which pushes the classical grand pas de deux to new extremes.

Bizet’s much loved opera Carmen inspires Carlos Acosta’s new ballet adaptation, which strips the narrative back to place an intense focus on the doomed heroine and the love triangle around her.

Find out more about each of the pieces in our Ballet Essentials.

Carmen is a co-production between The Royal Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater.

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After the relay on 12 November, we will publish a selection of audience reactions, so do share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHcarmenmixed.

This article has 6 comments

  1. Chris Breslin responded on 10 November 2015 at 11:50am Reply

    Watching Carlos' s interpretation of Carmen last night was truly one of the most beautiful performances l have ever had the pleasure to see... Absolutely magnificent!!!

  2. penelope simpson responded on 11 November 2015 at 7:45pm Reply

    I can only comment that you really need to get out more!

  3. MARK ROCHESTER responded on 12 November 2015 at 11:12pm Reply

    Just returned from the cinema, and enjoyed it much more than I expected having read a couple of rather catty reviews. A pleasure to witness Carlos Acostas's farewell, most gracious and touching.

  4. Sila Collins-Walden responded on 13 November 2015 at 6:04pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful!! Marvellous dancing and costumes. A very good evening was enjoyed by myself and friend. Will be attending more of these performances.

  5. Peter Bolton responded on 19 November 2015 at 5:10pm Reply

    What a wonderful evening of 4 ballets, all so different and so excellently danced and produced. Sarah Lamb is so beautiful. Her performance was so elegant, personal and moving. Tamara Rojo as Carmen was incredible and with her Spanish blood showed the seductive fire and emotion so strongly as to be utterly convincing as the ruthless desirable Carmen. Her dancing was superb and matched the wicked look in her eyes. A wonderful evening, thank you so much.

  6. Renee Chen responded on 26 February 2016 at 10:05pm Reply

    Unlikely previous seasons, this production streamed in Cinema was not shown in California. I'm sure many Royal Ballet fans like me will love to have a chance to see it. Hope a DVD or Blu-ray will be released in the future.......

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