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I experienced this as an outstanding and astounding evening of works by diverse choreographers curated by Carlos. This is a polished, original, immaculate, emotional programme which showcases the depth and diversity of talent in this small gem of a company. I don’t know if he’ll dance every show but my evening was rounded off by a solo from Carlos himself. I was minded to think of a fashion designer joining his models on the catwalk to celebrate his collection and bask in the adulation. Whilst all the pieces were of the highest quality, El cruce sobre el Niàgra will stay in my memory indefinitely. I found it extraordinary.
I had hoped for there to be a performance thread about the UK tour of Acosta Danza. Now nearly at the end of the tour, and with just two reviews from Edinburgh in the Dance Links. I thought I’d post my appreciation. On a wet and windy afternoon in Birmingham last week, I spent two enjoyable hours immersed in a programme that exceeded expectations in the way it challenged, entertained and drew my admiration for this troupe of talented dancers. The opening piece, Satori, choreographed by Raul Reinoso, who is a dancer with the company, is a journey towards spiritual illumination. The score is a mixture of electronic and acoustic sounds that enveloped the auditorium ,while the billowing fabric that initially encased the dancers was gradually shed to reveal a raw, exposed ’essence ’ reflected in the wonderful physicality of the dancing of Zeleidy Crespo. The second piece, Paysage, Soudain, La Nuit is a celebration of a youthful Cuba - life enhancing and care-free. The dancers move to and fro amongst the grassy landscape in harmony with their surroundings and each other. Faun is an interpretation by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui of ‘L’ Apres-midi’, originally commissioned as part of the centenary celebration, In the Spirit of Diaghilev, at Sadler Wells with a score that fuses Debussy with experimental music from Nitin Sawhney The pas de deux becomes increasingly intricate as the dancers begin to interact and gradually become enmeshed, mesmerising in their fluidity and sensuality. The performance finished in style with Christopher Bruce’s crowd pleaser, Rooster, and a much anticipated appearance from Carlos Acosta strutting his stuff as the red rooster. Altogether a stimulating afternoon, much appreciated by the vocal Birmingham audience, who already regard Carlos as one of their own in anticipation of his taking up his appointment in the New Year. Acosta Danza is wonderful company -there’s a clear unity of purpose that shines through in their approach. This latest programme is bold and reflects the versatility and capabilities of the dancers.
Just wondering if anyone has seen a special offer anywhere given that there are still hundreds of seats available?
I've just had an email from the Lowry about a visit by Carlos' Company 24 and 25 March next year. Booking is open. I'm sure they'll be appearing at other venues as well. 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.