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