Viscera / Carmen Blu-ray (The Royal Ballet)

A gorgeous mixed programme from The Royal Ballet with contrasting works by two of the world's greatest choreographers, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine, and two Royal Ballet home-grown talents: Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett and Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta. Scarlett's sensual and energizing Viscerabegins the programme; Afternoon of a Faun is Robbins's exquisite response to Debussy's langorous Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; Tchaikovsky Pas de deux is a bravura showpiece illustrating in miniature Balanchine's neoclassical style; and Acosta's Carmen, in which he also dances Don José in his farewell performance with The Royal Ballet, is a searingly dramatic reinterpretation of a timeless favourite. 

Liam Scarlett
Music: Lowell Liebermann 
Dancers: Laura Morera / Marianela Nuñez / Ryoichi Hirano
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 Carlos Acosta
Music: Georges Bizet (arrangement by Martin Yates)
Dancers:  Marianela Nuñez / Carlos Acosta / Federico Bonelli / Matthew Golding
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Afternoon of a Faun
Jerome Robbins 
Music: Claude Debussy
Dancers: Sarah Lamb / Vadim Muntagirov
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Tchaikovsky Pas de deux
George Balanchine 
Music:Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Dancers: Iana Salenko / Steven McRae
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Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductors: Emmanuel Plasson / Martin Yates (Carmen)

Plus: Carlos Acosta in conversation with Darcey Bussell / Acosta's farewell curtain call and speech / Introductions to Viscera and Carmen

Picture: 16:9 1080p
Format: NTSC
Region code: All regions
Sound format: 2.0 LPCM / 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Running time: 118 minutes
Year: 2015