International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta returns to Norwich this October with his critically-acclaimed Cuban company Acosta Danza in an exciting new programme called Evolution which will have its European premiere on the Theatre Royal stage.
Acosta, who takes up the role of Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020, will make a guest appearance during the programme on October 28 and 29, dancing in the iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones.
The company will also perform new works, Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg, and Satori, by breakthrough Cuban choreographer Raúl Reinoso.
Inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’après midi d’un faune, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui completes the bill with masterpiece Faun, set to Debussy’s original score with additional music from Nitin Sawhney.
For dance fans around the globe, Acosta is one of the greatest modern-day stars of the classical ballet world. Born in Havana and trained at the National School of Ballet in Cuba, he has danced for most of the leading ballet companies around the world and was a principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet from 2003, dancing lead roles in all the classical productions until he retired from the company in 2015.
His dance company, founded in his home town of Havana, burst onto the dance scene in 2016 with energy and vitality as it received critical and audience acclaim during its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells in the Autumn of that year.
It showcases a mixture of the finest ballet and contemporary dancers Cuba has to offer and highlights the vibrancy and richness of Cuban culture and its artists, performing new and existing pieces by Cuban choreographers who have rarely been seen outside the country, and commissioning new pieces from international choreographers who will take inspiration from its Caribbean nation.
Carlos Acosta explained his aspiration for the company was for it to pay tribute “to the wealth of Cuban culture” and develop “contemporary work, whilst also using elements of classical ballet”.
“We would like the international choreographers that work with Acosta Danza to explore Cuba; to be inspired by us and develop an original aesthetic. We will also offer opportunities to Cuban choreographic talent, aiming for Acosta Danza to be a new platform for our national culture.”
Fans of Carlos Acosta can also see the recently-released film of his life, titled Yuli, at Norwich Playhouse on Sunday October 27 at 2pm. The film follows Acosta’s life, from his Havana childhood as the youngest of 11 children, to becoming the Royal Ballet’s first black Principal dancer, detailing his close relationship with his father who encouraged him to forge a career in dance.