Acosta Danza is all about Carlos Acosta giving back. Not only to Cuba but to the world. Not only to ballet but to dance culture. And of course, to us, the audience.
After retiring from iconic roles like Romeo and Prince Siegfried, Carlos Acosta’s new Havana-based company, Acosta Danza, accrues his years of knowledge into one vision; the celebration of all art forms onto one stage.
Five pieces shape Debut, the company’s first UK appearance, boasting versatile Cuban talent melted into international choreography.
Prominent names like New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck, Sadler’s Wells’ Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba’s Marianela Boán will ignite your soul with wonder, warmth, melancholy and admiration. You are in for a spectacular treat – think Cuba out of its box.
You’ll start your evening with two stunning male bodies working together towards osmosis, in a highly-tactile performance inspired by tightrope walker Charles Blondin, who crossed the Niagara Falls with a man on his back.
You’ll finish with an entirely different animal – flying bottles are thrown and caught in a restless routine in which every second counts… as Carlos Acosta himself says, “you can’t really define [this piece] and I think that’s good.”
In between, you’ll have contemporary and classical, fuelled by a rich musical repertoire from folk Cuban music to Korean geomungo.
In Belles-Lettres, neo-classical ballet turns the dancers into blossoming flowers. It’s graceful, lyrical and delightful. In Imponderable, it’s Cuban politico-history that surfaces through regimented shimmying, street dance and light plays.
And although Carlos Acosta wants to shy away from the spotlight, his cameo appearance in Mermaid, alongside the striking Marta Ortega, is the cherry on the pie. A fish out of its pond – reminiscent of an estranged soul in a foreign land, or even a drunk far from his bottle – struggles to survive.
Carlos and Marta form the most affectionate embraces as one tries desperately to help the other… it’s such a beautiful metaphor for love, hope and despair…