Liam Scarlett is the youngest choreographer ever to have been commissioned by Britain’s Royal Ballet to create a new ballet for its main stage. That work, named Asphodel Meadows and triumphantly premiered when Scarlett was just 24 years old, was seen in London by Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella, who promptly invited him to make a new piece for Miami – his first American commission, and a considerable coup for the company.
Using a challenging score for orchestra and piano, Piano Concerto No. 1 by the renowned American composer Lowell Liebermann, Scarlett’s Viscera gives us a complex and urgent ballet, specifically created to reflect what he sees as MCB’s outstanding dance qualities of energy, passion, musicality and radiance. Viscera is beautifully structured (a ravishing pas de deux is book-ended by two driven group sections), meticulously crafted and gut-wrenching.
Liam Scarlett is now 25 years old. He came to Miami in August to set the ballet on the dancers just off of their three-week sold-out run in Paris, France.
Viscera has its World Premiere January 6-8 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Ziff Ballet Opera House in Miami, January 27-29 Making this a Haute Cultural Event not to be missed.
For tickets, call (305) 929-7010 or toll-free (877) 929-7010 or visit miamicityballet.org.