Sadler’s Wells today announced the UK Premiere of Acosta Danza, the new dance company founded by acclaimed Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta. The company will perform at Sadler’s Wells in late September 2017 before a UK tour, with Acosta himself making a guest appearance as part of the programme for the inaugural season.
Acosta Danza is also announced as a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, joining fellow International Associate Companies Rosas and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, which were appointed last year.
Carlos Acosta is an internationally acclaimed star of the ballet world who set up Acosta Danza in Cuba since retiring from The Royal Ballet last year. Under his artistic directorship, Acosta Danza is based in Havana and features a mixture of the finest ballet and contemporary dancers Cuba has to offer. Launching at a time when Cuba is opening up to the world, Acosta Danza highlights the vibrancy and richness of Cuban culture and its artists.
The debut programme of Acosta Danza includes work by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, as well as Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero and Cuban choreographer Marianela Boan.
Following the UK premiere at Sadler's Wells, Acosta Danza tours to Salford, Birmingham, Southampton, Brighton and Edinburgh, with further cities to be announced. Internationally, the company will perform at Lodz Festival in Poland, Chekhov Festival in Russia, and at Festspielhaus St Pölten.
Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Alistair Spalding CBE said: “I am delighted to present the UK premiere of Acosta Danza at Sadler’s Wells and across the UK, and work with Carlos Acosta and Valid Productions on producing these performances. It is exciting to see Carlos work with a range of dancers and leading choreographers to celebrate Cuba’s rich history and culture and share it with the world.”
Carlos Acosta said: “Acosta Danza has been founded with the intention of paying tribute to the wealth of Cuban culture. The Company will develop its contemporary work, whilst also using elements of classical ballet. It is an aspiration that has grown out of my vision as an artist, incorporating all that I have learned during the past twenty-five years of my professional career.”
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