Genre Opera/Dance
First Performance 26/10/2015
Closing 12/11/2015
Running Time 3h

Carlos Acosta’s new ballet inspired by Bizet’s tragic tale of jealousy and desire concludes this mixed programme featuring works by Liam Scarlett, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine.

The dark and brooding Viscera, which was created for Miami City Ballet in 2012, marked Scarlett’s US debut. Featuring music by American composer Lowell Liebermann, Scarlett constructs an intense work with a sensual pas de deux at its core.

Created in 1953 to Debussy’s seductive Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Robbins’ Afternoon Of A Faun is inspired by watching two young dancers intent on rehearsing a pas de deux, obsessed by their reflection and seemingly unaware of the dance’s sexual resonances.

Balanchine created the virtuoso Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux in 1960, having been inspired both by the extraordinary abilities of New York City Ballet dancers Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow, and by the music, a newly discovered movement from Swan Lake that had not been heard since Tchaikovsky’s death.

Acosta’s new work uses the great music and gripping story of Bizet’s Carmen, with Martin Yates creating a new adaptation of the score that makes use of the Royal Opera Chorus and flamenco singing.

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