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 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 by the renowned American composer Lowell Liebermann, Scarlett has given 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.