Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta declined the opportunity to create his own company in London in order to form his own company in his country, with dancers trained under the rigor of the Cuban ballet school.
After several months of intensive work and having chosen the company’s 25 members, he announced that his company, named Acosta Danza, would make its world premiere on April 8 at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso (Havana’s Grand theater). The program will include a selection of both contemporary and classical pieces.
The harmonic combination of these two styles will be the company’s distinguishing characteristic. Within his own company Carlos Acosta aspires to have a cast that is able to perform the most diverse styles, be it contemporary or classical which is the dream of any choreographer.
“I want the Cuban audience to see me; of course I will dance with my own company,” the 42-year-old dancer told The Havana Reporter, who last year retired from the Royal Ballet of London.
“My heart was always in Cuba, that is why I wanted to create the company here and not in London, where I had the chance to do so. But I come from a very humble place and my country allowed me to become a dancer. Now I want to make my contribution,” he added. Furthermore, his objective is to have a sort of platform to promote the Cuban talent abroad.
Made up of dancers from different schools with different styles, Acosta Danza also has a group of dancers from various countries.
“In an ever more globalized world, Cuba features great talent in terms of music and dance and that is what I want to explore, to reflect what identifies this island,” he noted.
„I intend to convey my philosophy; everything that I have learned throughout my career. I want to come up with new ideas and open the doors for artists and choreographers from other countries to come to Cuba,” Acosta commented.
“I am now making a transition, exploring new styles rather than doing the classical repertoire,” he said.
The Cuban dancer would also like to do a national tour and get to places where ballet companies do not usually perform.
Acosta hopes to earn a place in the Cuban dance world with his company by developing a contemporary style but without leaving behind classical ballet techniques.
The Acosta Danza Company will perform a selection of contemporary pieces (Alrededor no hay nada, Fauno, El cruce sobre el Niágara, De Punta a cabo and Carmen) on April 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13.
On April 16 and 17 a classical program will be shown with various pas de deux like in the second act of Swan Lake, Winter Dreams and Carmen.
The dieing swan will also be presented as well as the End of Time, Buenos Aires, Je ne Regrette Rien, Les Bourgeois and Majísimo.Share on FB Share on TT