What: Internationally renowned Carlos Acosta will be performing, alongside his company Acosta Danza, four special performances at the Royal Albert Hall from 2-5 October.
To celebrate his thirty years as a professional dancer, these performances mark Acosta’s return to the London stage following retirement from classical ballet in 2016. Acosta was born in Havana and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba, going on to dance with many of the world’s leading ballet companies including The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Houston Ballet.
The repertoire will include Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, whichincludes songs recorded by The Rolling Stones.
‘In my teens and twenties I lived with these songs. I have taken eight tracks and linked them with themes present in the lyrics. Taking Little Red Rooster as my starting point, I have created preening cockerels that symbolise the stylish but chauvinistic young men of my youth. Meanwhile, for the most part, the women look on with ironic amusement at the male posturing. The result is something of a battle of the sexes.’ – Choreographer Christopher Bruce
Alrededor no hay nada by Goyo Montero is deeply rooted within Latin-American reality, reflecting Goyo Montero’s personal dedication to the voices of poets, songwriters and composers such as Joaquín Sabina and Vinícius de Moraes.
Also featured is Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s critically acclaimed Mermaid, where, instead of recreating the image of a mermaid literally, Cherkaoui places contemporary dancer Marta Ortega in pointe shoes. Like a fish out of water trying to walk on dry land, or a stranger in unknown territory, the mermaid looks for help and guidance – which comes to her in the guise of Carlos Acosta.
Finally, a reworked version of Acosta’s Carmen isfull of Latin influences and accompanied by a live orchestra. In this adaptation of Bizet and Mérimée’s story, universal and timeless themes are laid bare in a sparse and powerful setting.
Acosta will also be returning to movie theatres soon in a new feature film inspired by his life story entitled Yuli with screenplay by Paul Laverty and directed by Iciar Bollain.
When: 2-5 October at 7:30pm
Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP