News: Carlos Acosta's new company to tour the UK next year after opening at Sadler's Wells

Monday 24 October 2016 by Mark Doerfel

Acosta Danza. Photo: Andrew Lang

Carlos Acosta’s new company – Acosta Danza, will be a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company. After retiring from The Royal Ballet last year, Acosta set up his new company in his home city, Havana, Cuba. It includes a mix of ballet and contemporary dancers – highlighting the vibrancy and richness of Cuban culture and its artists.

Speaking at Sadler’s Wells Annual press conference this morning, he 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.”

The new 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. The debut programme 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.

Acosta Danza will be joining fellow International Associate Companies Rosas and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – both appointed last year and both appearing at Sadler’s Wells next year: Rosa with the company classic Rain, featuring music by Steve Reich and Tanztheater Wuppertal in Masurca Fogo.

Photo: Andrew Lang

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