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Carlos Acosta archiveCarlos was trained through the Cuban state ballet system and danced at the Bolshoi when he was just 16. He is now acknowledged globally as one of the finest dancers of his generation. Carlos Acosta website.


Carlos Acosta

Archive listings for Carlos Acosta

Work type: Dance or ballet.

On Before - T1006466400

First conceived by Carlos Acosta in 2010, On Before is an homage to Carlos' late mother and the most personal work he has ever created. It features choreography by world-renowned artists including Russell Maliphant, Kim Brandstrup and Will Tuckett, alongside Carlos' own choreography. The show sees Carlos Acosta perform as both a soloist and alongside Laura Rodriguez, a founding member of his Cuban dance company, Acosta Danza. A powerful story of a doomed relationship between a man and a woman, On Before is set to a diverse musical repertoire ranging from Handel to Cuban contemporary composer Omar Puente and culminating in a moving finale featuring a live choir performing Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium.
3 Aug 21 to 4 Aug 21Mayflower Theatre, Southampton :: V774
listing details L02081641157
21 Jul 21 to 22 Jul 21The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L822956177

A Celebration - Thirty Years in Dance: Mermaid/Alrededor no hay nada/Rooster/Carmen - T1037889210

Internationally acclaimed dancer Carlos Acosta returns to the Royal Albert Hall. Acclaimed as one of the most extraordinary dancers of his generation, following his retirement from classical ballet, Carlos Acosta will perform a selection of other favourite and specially commissioned pieces in a wonderful programme marking his thirty years as a dancer. During a remarkable career, Carlos has been hailed by the critics, won countless awards and thrilled audiences the world over. Carlos Acosta ? A Celebration is at the Royal Albert Hall for four performances only . The programme will feature a full company of dancers and is accompanied by a live orchestra.Producer Valid Productionns Limited. Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Mermaid). Choreographer Jason Kittelberger (Mermaid)). Music Woojae Park(Mermaid) (Mermaid). Music Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Mermaid). Music Erik Satie (Mermaid). Lighting Fabiana Piccioli (Mermaid). Design Hussein Chalayan (Mermaid) ). Performer Carlos Acosta(Mermaid) (Mermaid). Performer Marta Ortega (Mermaid). Company Acosta Danza Company (Alrededor no hay nada). Choreographer Goyo Montero (Alrededor no hay nada). Choreographer Ivan Gil Ortega (Alrededor no hay nada)). Music Joaquin Sabina (Alrededor no hay nada). Music Vinicius de Moraes (Alrededor no hay nada). Lighting Goyo Montero (Alrededor no hay nada). Choreographer Christopher Bruce (Rooster). Choreographer Steven Brett (Rooster)). Music The Rolling Stones (Rooster). Lighting Tina MacHugh (Rooster). Other Christina R Giannelli (realised by - Rooster). Costume Marian Bruce (Rooster). Performer Carlos Acosta (Rooster). Company Acosta Danza Company (Rooster). Choreographer Carlos Acosta (Carmen). Music Bizet (Carmen). Music Schedrin (musical arrangement - Carmen). Lighting Peter Mumford (Carmen). Design Tim Hatley (Carmen).
2 Oct 18 to 5 Oct 18Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L242363965

The Classical Farewell - T01521340908

After an unparalleled career as one of the world's leading classical ballet dancers, superstar Carlos Acosta prepares to retire his ballet shoes with a spectacular farewell performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Famed for his impressive leaps, graceful strength and Cuban flare, ex-Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Acosta has danced some of the biggest roles in ballet with some of the greatest names. For this very special programme, he will perform with some of his closest contemporaries from The Royal Ballet with accompaniment from a live orchestra. Don't miss this final opportunity to see Carlos Acosta dance the classics in one of London's most iconic venues.Presented bySadler's Wells. Presented byValid Productions. Company Pegasus Choir. Conductor Paul Murphy.
3 Oct 16 to 7 Oct 16Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L01739174593

A Classical Selection - T417422934

Carlos Acosta presents a programme of works that celebrates his 26 years as a dancer on the international stage. The performance features some of his favourite pieces from the classical repertoire, including extracts of Vaganova's Diana & Acteon, Bournonville's La Sylphide, MacMillan's Winter Dreams and Balanchine's Agon. These performances at the London Coliseum will give audiences the chance to see Carlos perform alongside guests from The Royal Ballet.Company ENO Orchestra. Conductor Paul Murphy. Performer Marianela Nunez. Performer Zenaida Yanowsky. Performer Yuhui Choe. Performer Tierney Heap. Performer Anna Rose O'Sullivan. Performer Thiago Soares. Performer Valeri Hristov. Performer Nehemiah Kish.
8 Dec 15 to 13 Dec 15London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L01377609271

On Before - T1646596841

Building on Carlos' astonishing dance vision, On Before tells the story of a doomed relationship between a man and a woman. Created and danced by Carlos and Zenaida Yanowsky, the show combines existing and new choreography by some of the world's leading dance makers, including Russell Maliphant, Kim Brandstrup, Will Tuckett, Edwaard Liang, Yuri Yanowsky and Miguel Altunaga. With a wide ranging score from Handel to new commissions from Cuban composer Omar Puente, the show culminates in a moving finale featuring the live choral work of Morte Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium. Running time: approx. 1hr 50mins (inclu. 1 interval)Performer Zenaida Yanowsky.
3 Jul 15 to 4 Jul 15Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L01683499128

Classical Selection - T1129137465

Indisputably one of the greatest male dancers of this generation, Carlos Acosta returns to the London Coliseum for five performances only, with a new show presenting highlights of his glorious career. Carlos Acosta has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his breathtaking performances, including principal roles in almost every ballet in the classical repertoire. Performing a range of pas de deux from the classical canon, Acosta is joined on stage by some of his favourite dance partners in this awe-inspiring evening. Currently performing as a Principal Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet, Acosta's past productions have played to sell-out audiences and have been lauded by critics and audiences alike. In 2007 he won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his performance in his 2006 programme, Carlos Acosta with Guests of The Royal Ballet.Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Choreographer Mikhail Fokine. Choreographer Agrippina Vaganova. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Choreographer George Balanchine. Choreographer Frederick Ashton. Choreographer Miguel Altunaga. Performer Carlos Acosta. Performer Marianela Nunez. Performer Nehemiah Kish. Performer Leanne Benjamin. Performer Ricardo Cervera. Performer Yuhui Choe. Performer Melissa Hamilton. Performer Eric Underwood. Performer Meaghan Grace Hinkis.
30 Jul 13 to 4 Aug 13London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L1198396696

Premieres Plus:The Heart of Carlos - T01357777594

Carlos is the world’s favourite dancer and Premieres his most personal work to date. Now enhanced from the sold out 2010 production, Premieres Plus builds on Carlos’ astonishing dance vision and features collaborations with major UK and international dance stars. Carlos at the London Coliseum is never to be missed. Find out why at Premieres Plus.
27 Oct 11 to 29 Oct 11Grand Opera House, Belfast :: V548
listing details L0446742382
17 Aug 11 to 20 Aug 11Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L01537102912
27 Jul 11 to 30 Jul 11London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L432935545
24 Jul 11 to 25 Jul 11The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L236072463

Premieres - T645524123

Carlos Acosta is the world's favourite dancer and his summer seasons at the London Coliseum hotly anticipated every year. For 2010, Carlos will perform his most ambitious new show to date. Premieres will see Carlos perform five works for the first time and on the largest stage in London. Premieres includes: - a new commission from Danza Contemporanea de Cuba's George Cespedes, following the Company's recent sell-out run at Sadler's Wells and across the UK - a Carlos debut in Russell Maliphant's masterpiece Two, made famous in the version danced by Sylvie Guillem and now reworked for Carlos - Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky dancing with Carlos in a new work by Edwaard Liang (NDT, New York City Ballet and many others) - A new work choreographed by Carlos, his first since smash hit Tocororo, and featuring a new music commission from Cuban violinist Omar Puente - Carlos's physically most revealing piece, a new mixed media collaboration with Simon Elliott of Ahh...Arts Igniting Minds, with emerging digital artists, Shaun O'Connor, Barry Gene Murphy, Mehmet (aka Memo) Akten, Anna Boberg, Peter Forde, Francesco Pastori, and featuring the magnificent Pegasus Choir. The night also features Zenaida Yanowsky in Kim Brandstrup's Footnote to Ashton.Choreographer Carlos Acosta. Choreographer George Cespedes. Choreographer Russel Maliphant. Choreographer Kim Brandstrup. Choreographer Edwaard Liang. Performer Carlos Acosta. Performer Zenaida Yanowsky.
28 Jul 10 to 7 Aug 10London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L0668186215

Apollo and Other Works - T186005574

The programme includes [George Balanchine]’s Apollo, set to Igor Stravinsky’s timeless score, plus [Jerome Robbins]’ A Suite of Dances and Afternoon of a Faun - all performed by Acosta, alongside a company of awe-inspiring dancers. This spectacular evening features a full live orchestra and a specially commissioned new work entitled Young Apollo by choreographer [Adam Hougland], set to music by Benjamin Britten, making this an absolute must-see event this December.
1 Dec 09 to 5 Dec 09Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L075273959

With Guests - T0863031899

Dances includes 11 short works, mostly recent and little-seen ballets, including Kim Brandstrup's DK60, Derek Deane's Summertime, Michel Descombey's Dying Swan, and Ben Stevenson's Three Preludes. An excerpt from Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody is one of the few older works. As well as Acosta himself, dancers confirmed to appear are Florencia Chinellato and Amilcar Moret from Hamburg Ballet, Begona Cao and Arionel Vargas from ENB, Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae from The Royal Ballet, Miguel Altunaga and Pieter Symonds from Rambert Dance Company, and Veronica Corveas from Ballet Nacional de Cuba.Performer Arionel Vargas. Performer Begona Cao. Performer Nina Kaptsova. Performer Veronica Corveas.
22 Jul 09 to 25 Jul 09London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L670274655

Afternoon of a Fun/Young Apollo/A Suite of Dances - T1142775749

The evening brings together two classics of the late 20th century repertoire with a rarely performed gem and a brand new commission by Adam Hougland, Young Apollo. Running through the program is the theme of the male muse in ballet, a figure brought to dazzling life by Acosta. This will be the first time Acosta has performed in Suite of Dances, originally created for Mikhail Baryshnikov and one of the most demanding of pieces for a male dancer. Afternoon of a Faun, is set to Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. Choreographed by Jerome Robbins, this a classic of the modern repertoire. Set in a ballet studio, the male dancer lounges on the floor. A ballerina enters and they dance facing the audience as though looking into the mirrored wall of the studio. Young Apollo, set to music of the same name by Benjamin Britten, is a newly created work choreographed by rising star Adam Hougland, exploring the Apollo story from a new perspective. This piece has been co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Salford City Council. Jerome Robbins’ A Suite of Dances, 1994, is set to four movements from Bach’s suites for solo cello. Featuring a solo female cellist onstage, dancer and cellist engage in a conversation of intimate notes and steps inflected with humor. This is the first time Acosta will dance this challenging piece. Balanchine’s Apollo, first performed in 1928, is in a purely classical style and has become a key work of the twentieth century ballet repertory. The piece follows the god Apollo instructing the muses in their arts, set to specially-composed music by Stravinsky. This quartet of dances will be performed by Acosta and a specially formed company of dancers, accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by André de Ridder.
9 Jul 09 to 11 Jul 09The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L01548624556

with Guest from Ballet Nacional de Cuba - Le Corsaire/El r?o y el bosque/Paso a tres - T92927930

Carlos Acosta is one of ballet's superstars, known for his extraordinary athleticism and remarkable technical virtuosity. Now, for the very first time in London, he will join forces with guest dancers from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, in a programme of classical ballet which has a distinctly Cuban feel. From the age of nine Acosta trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba. Inspired by Alicia Alonso's Ballet Nacional de Cuba he went on to become the greatest ballet dancer of his generation; and a national hero in Cuba. The Ballet Nacional de Cuba is renowned for its unparalleled technique. Watching Carlos Acosta dance with artists from this remarkable company, including Viengsay Valdes, Anette Delgado and Javier Torres, promises to be a breathtaking experience, not to be missed.Producer Raymond Gubbay. Choreographer Alonso (Alonso (Le Corsaire - after Petipa). Choreographer Mu?ecos ( El r?o y el bosque). Choreographer M?ndez (Paso a tres). Choreographer Carlos Acosta. Performer Veingsay Valdes. Performer Anette Delgado. Performer Javier Torres.
31 Mar 08 to 3 Apr 08London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L1733574730
23 Oct 07 to 28 Oct 07Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1461320509

Tocororo Suite/pas de deux from Le Corsaire/Tocororo: A Cuban Tale - T453708739

The exceptional Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta stars at the inaugural Manchester International Festival in what heralds the start of a partnership with the Festival. Acosta, who has been described as the world's greatest male ballet dancer, presents a mix of new and existing work in a showcase that includes the world premiere of the 'Tocororo Suite' using the full Tocororo Company of 18 dancers and a live Cuban band. In this programme Acosta will also perform the pas de deux from 'Le Corsaire' with Yiensgay Valdes, (Prima Ballerina, Ballet Nacional de Cuba) and presents the UK premiere of 'Equation' performed by four members of the Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. 'Tocororo: A Cuban Tale', which marked Acosta's debut as choreographer, is semi-autobiographical, based upon his own remarkable story.Performer Yiensgay Valdes.
13 Jul 07 to 14 Jul 07The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L01599011318

with Guests - T1487523919

Producer Raymond Gubbay.
1 Apr 07 to 6 Apr 07London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L01287495610

Tocororo - A Cuban Tale - T585093513

[Carlos Acosta] is the greatest ballet dancer of his generation. He is a principal dancer at Covent Garden; Tocororo, the show about his own life, that he wrote, choreographed and starred in, broke box office records at Sadler's Wells; and in his homeland of Cuba he is a national hero. Renowned for combining Cuban passion with a remarkable technical virtuosity and raw athleticism, watching [Carlos Acosta] dance is a breathtaking experience not to be missed. [Carlos Acosta] has chosen some of his favourite moments in ballet and brought them together to create one evening of spectacular dance. He draws on his roots, taking works from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba's repertoire such as Tarde en la Fiesta, as well as the ever popular Diana and Acteon, and in an uplifting finale, he will treat the audience to some traditional Cuban moves from the final scene of Tocororo. For this very special programme Carlos will be joined onstage by artists from The Royal Ballet including [Tamara Rojo], [Mara Galeazzi], [Marianela Nuñez] and [Federico Bonelli] amongst others. With Guest Artists from The Royal BalletProducer ComoNo. Choreographer Carlos Acosta. Music Miguel Nunes. Performer Carlos Acosta.
2 Aug 06 to 5 Aug 06London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L137443577


Part One: Agon pas de deux/La Sylphide-Act II pas de deux/Winter Dreams-Farewell pas de deux. Part Two: End of Time pas de deux/A Buenos Aires/Je ne regrette rien/Les Bourgeois/Margot and Rudy/Nisi Dominus/MajisimoChoreographer George Balanchine (Agon pas de deux). Choreographer August Bournonville (La Sylphide). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Sir - Winter Dreams-Farewell pas de deux). Choreographer Mikhail Fokine (Dying Swan). Choreographer Agrippina Vaganova (Diana and Acteon pas de deux). Music Tchaikovsky (Winter Dreams-Farewell pas de deux). Choreographer Ben Stevenson (End of Time pas de deux). Choreographer Gustavo Mollajolli (A Buenos Aires). Choreographer Ben Van Cauwenbergh (Je ne regrette rien). Choreographer Liam Scarlett (Margot and Rudy). Choreographer William Tuckett (Nisi Dominus). Choreographer Georges Garcia (Majisimo). Music Astor Piazzolla (A Buenos Aires). Music Monteverdi (Vespers - Nisi Dominus). Music Massenet (Le Cid - Majisimo). Performer Yuhui Choe. Performer Jose Martin. Performer Marianela Nunez. Performer Thiago Soares. Performer Sarah Lamb. Performer Carlos Acosta. Performer Zenaida Yanowsky. Performer Mara Galeazzi. Performer Rupert Pennefather.
18 Jul 06 to 23 Jul 06Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01494513467

Tocororo - A Cuban Tale - T0353532210

Hot shot Cuban dancer [Carlos Acosta] who danced at the Bolshoi and is a leading soloist with the Royal Ballet brings his first full evening choreography to Sadler’s Wells for its UK debut. Premiered in Havana Tocororo - A Cuban Tale unites the world of classical ballet with the richness of Cuban dance in a spectacular and moving story about a son who leaves the traditions of the Cuban countryside for an urban future. Seventeen dancers from the leading Havana company [Danza Contemporanea] are lead and choreographed by [Carlos Acosta] and original music, played live by five hand-picked cuban musicians, is composed by [Miguel Nunes].Choreographer Carlos Acosta. Music Miguel Nunes. Performer Carlos Acosta.
29 Jun 04 to 24 Jul 04Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01475088921
15 Jul 03 to 26 Jul 03Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01147512928

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13 May 16 to 15 May 16The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L01080241021
6 May 16 to 7 May 16Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L0921602790

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