Friday, 30 October 2015

Carmen Quadruple Bill

Viscera/ Afternoon of a Faun/ Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux/ Carmen, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House - reviewed on 26th October

Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez in Carmen
Photo: ROH / Tristram Kenton
Carlos Acosta’s new Carmen is as sexy as it is rough around the edges. Work is needed on corps de ballet choreography, but principal duets exude passion and drama. The narrative is crystal clear, with moments of humour and interesting character development for Marianela Nuñez’s Carmen – from dominant with Acosta’s Don José to timid and feminine with Federico Bonelli’s Escamillo. Dancing is also enhanced by live singing from the Royal Opera Extra Chorus.

Carmen is accompanied by Liam Scarlett’s playful Viscera and Jerome Robbins’ narcissistic Afternoon of a Faun. Steven McRae excels in the firework leaps of George Balanchine’s virtuosic Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.

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