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Launch of Acosta Danza

Posted on October 25, 2016

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Carlos Acosta launched his new company, Acosta Danza, at the Sadler’s Wells season press launch on October 24.

The new company is Acosta’s biggest project since his retirement from ballet, announced two years ago. At the press conference, he said that it would enhance the culture of Cuban people, and launch the careers of Cuban dancers. Half the company will be classically trained dancers, while the other half will have a contemporary background. Acosta wants the dancers to learn and embrace other dance forms, creating performers who can do everything from the classical to the avant garde – which he called “the dream of any choreographer”. He called this aim a big challenge and a big ambition, “a fusion that could become the company’s trademark”.

Acosta Danza aims to draw on the richness of Cuba’s music and culture to create a distinctive repertoire – in contrast to the increasingly internationalised dance culture where, Acosta said, “everybody does everything everywhere”. The challenge will be to make Acosta Danza look different

The company will dance its debut programme at Sadler’s Wells in September 2017. The repertory will include work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero and Cuban choreographer Marianela Boan.

After 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.

The new company will be an international associate company of Sadler’s Wells, alongside Rosas and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, both appointed last year.

Tickets for the Sadler’s Wells 2017 season will be on sale from November 7. Visit or call 020 7863 8000 for details.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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