Acosta Danza – Evolution (UK Spring Tour)

UK Tour Spring 2020

International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta and his critically acclaimed Cuban company Acosta Danza perform a programme of new and existing works.

Acosta makes a guest appearance in the iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones. The company also perform new work, Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg. 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.

More information on the tour at danceconsortium.com/touring/acosta-danza-evolution

Tour details below:

3 & 4 March at 7.30pm
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Tickets: www.mayflower.org.uk

6 & 7 March at 8pm
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Tickets: www.wmc.org.uk

10 & 11 March at 7.30pm
Eden Court, Inverness
Tickets: www.eden-court.co.uk

13 & 14 March at 7.30pm
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Tickets: www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

17 & 18 March at 7.30pm
Brighton Dome
Tickets: www.brightondome.org

20 & 21 March at 7.30pm
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Tickets: www.marlowetheatre.com

24 & 25 March at 7.30pm
The Lowry, Salford Quays
Tickets: www.thelowry.com

27 & 28 March at 7.30pm
Plymouth Theatre Royal
Tickets: www.theatreroyal.com

7 & 8 April at 7.30pm
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Tickets: www.theatreroyal.co.uk

10 & 11 April at 8pm
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tickets: www.trch.co.uk

Acosta Danza Up Close

13-24 February 2020

Carlos Acosta’s own dance company is drawn from the best of Cuba’s dancers and performs a distinctive repertory that combines national and international flavours in technique, choreography and music. As a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, Acosta Danza is no stranger to London, and on this occasion the company will be seen in a distinctive light through a programme of intimate works whose scale and mood is perfectly attuned to the performing space of the Linbury Theatre.

These works are performed together:
  • Soledad
  • El Cruce Sobre el Niàgara
  • New Juliano Nunes
  • Impronta
  • Two

13th-24th Feb: Linbury Theatre, London

Acosta Danza Evolution (Luxembourg)

29th-30th November 2019

After a critically acclaimed national and international tour, Carlos Acosta’s eclectic Cuban company bring a programme of new and existing works to Luxembourg. For this tour, in which Acosta himself makes a guest appearance, the vibrant Cuban company will perform new and existing ballet and contemporary works, including Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer, Pontus Lidberg; iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones; and a new work by Juanjo Arques.

29th-30th November 2019: Luxembourg

Acosta Danza Evolution (London)

18th-23rd November 2019

After a critically acclaimed national and international tour, Carlos Acosta’s eclectic Cuban company bring a second programme of new and existing works to Sadler’s Wells. Acosta himself makes a guest appearance in the iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones. The Company 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.

18th-23rd November 2019: Sadler’s Wells, London

Acosta Danza Evolution (Birmingham)

11th & 12th November 2019

Following an exceptional career, acclaimed international ballet superstar Carlos Acosta brings his newly established company, Acosta Danza, back to Birmingham Hippodrome.

For this second tour, in which Acosta himself makes a guest appearance, the vibrant Cuban company will perform new and existing ballet and contemporary works, including Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer, Pontus Lidberg; iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones; and a new work by Juanjo Arques, whose latest work Ignite, commissioned by Birmingham Royal Ballet, premiered at Birmingham Hippodrome in October 2018, amongst others.

11th & 12th November 2019: Birmingham Hippodrome

Acosta Danza Evolution (Edinburgh)

1st & 2nd November 2019

International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta brings his critically acclaimed Cuban company, Acosta Danza, to Edinburgh ahead of his exciting appointment as Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020.

In this programme of new and existing works, Acosta himself makes a guest appearance in the iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones. The Company 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.

1st & 2nd November 2019: Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Acosta Danza Evolution (Norwich)

28th & 29th October 2019

Following an exceptional career, acclaimed international ballet superstar Carlos Acosta brings his newly established company, Acosta Danza back to the UK.

For this second tour, in which Acosta himself makes a guest appearance, the vibrant Cuban company will perform new and existing ballet and contemporary works, including Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer, Pontus Lidberg; iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones; and a new work by Juanjo Arques, whose latest work Ignite was commissioned by Birmingham Royal Ballet.

28th & 29th October 2019: Norwich Theatre Royal

Acosta Danza (Beijing)

15th-16th October 2019

Embracing all dance forms, Carlos Acosta’s new dance company performs at Sadler’s Wells on their first China tour, with Acosta himself taking a starring cameo role. He will introduce Acosta Danza, the Havana-based dance company made up of the best dancers in Cuba, trained in both ballet and contemporary dance. They perform new and existing pieces by Cuban choreographer Marianela Boan, Spanish dance-makers Jorge Crecis and Goyo Montero, New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck and Sadler’s Wells own Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

15th-16th October 2019: Drama Theatre of NCPA, Beijing, China

Acosta Danza (Singapore)

10th-11th October 2019

Following an exceptional career, acclaimed international ballet superstar Carlos Acosta brings his company Acosta Danza to da:ns festival for its first performance in Singapore.

This international mixed bill includes works which pay tribute to Acosta’s Cuba and presents the exceptional talent from his beloved country. Dancers from the company combine both classical and contemporary dance effortlessly, imbibed with Cuba’s rich musical and dance influences.

In the programme are two enchanting duets on mythical creatures by the renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with Mermaid featuring a rare guest appearance by Acosta. 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. With fluid virtuosity, she slithers like a human wave around Acosta’s deft partnering. The second duet, Faun, is inspired by the 1912 ballet by Vaslav Nijinsky, L’après midi d’un faune, set to Debussy’s original score with additional music from Nitin Sawhney. The reprised dance of desire between a faun and a forest nymph takes on a new lithe, loose-limbed strangeness. The original Debussy score has been framed in a multi-layered soundscape with electronic and South Asian undertones by Sawhney.

In Paysage, Soudain, La Nuit (Landscape, Suddenly, The Night) Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg connects to the soul of Cuba. The light and lively piece is set in a field at twilight, its playful choreography pulsing with the rhythms of the Cuban rumba as dancers spin and leap in through buoyant ensembles and duets. The programme is rounded off with the energetic Alrededor No Hay Nada (There is nothing around) by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero. The ensemble moves through a series of dramatic tableaux coloured with jumps and acrobatic lifts, sliding and leaping in and out of light and darkness to spoken poems and jazz songs by Joaquin Sabina and Vinicius de Morais. The work is a reflection on human relationships and the Latino-American reality, speaking of the need to live fully in the present as tomorrow may not come.

With the support of Sadler’s Wells in London and Valid Productions, Acosta Danza is driven by Acosta’s vision to give the next generation of Cuban dancers world-class opportunities. The company has received international ovations as an exciting new force in dance.

10th-11th October 2019: Esplanada, Singapore

Acosta Danza (Festival de San Javier)

22nd August 2019

A young and surprising dance company, Acosta Danza have proved themselves capable of seducing audiences and critics worldwide in the three years since it was founded, where pointe shoes, the traditional, the modern and the post-modern fuse completely naturally throughout their movements.

Acosta Danza is, without a doubt, synonymous for diversity, modernity and freshness. Choreographies for Festival Internacional Santander are  “Twelve” by Jorge Crecis, “Imponderable” by Goyo Montero, by whom audiences can also see a new as yet untitled choreography, “Mermaid” by Sidi Larbi and “Two” by Russell Maliphant, featuring performances by Carlos Acosta himself.

22nd August: Festival de San Javier, Murcia, Spain