by Carlos Acosta


  • 70 minutes, with two intermissions
  • General Audience

One of the most important figures in world ballet returns to Chile with his company to perform a stunning repertory that runs the gauntlet from classical to contemporary.

The Acosta Danza company, directed by renowned Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, comes to Santiago a Mil with five pieces that reflect the best of their repertory in a stunning fusion of classical ballet and contemporary dance. The first is Alrededor no hay nada (2016) by Spaniard Goyo Montero, with poems by Vinícius de Moraes and Joaquín Sabina. Next comes Fauno (2009) by the Belgian Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, a pas de deux with music by Claude Debussy; La muerte de dos cisnes, by Mijail Fokin adapted by Acosta Danza; Soledad, by the Spanish choreographer Rafael Bonachela, and Diez (2017) by Spaniard Jorge Crecis, a sport-dance piece that tests the physical and mental resistance of ten dancers, who push their bodies to the limit.


1 – Alrededor no hay nada (14’)

2 – Fauno (15’)


3 – La muerte de dos cisnes (6’)

4 – Soledad (17’)


5 – Diez (18’)


Choreographer: Goyo Montero, based on poems by Joaquín Sabina and Vinícius de Moraes | Production assistant: Iván Gil Ortega| Wardrobe and lighting: Goyo Montero | Duration: 14 minutes | Note: the first version of this ballet, El día de la creación, won the CIC National Choreography Competition in 2006..


Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui | Music: Claude Debussy | Additional music: Nitin Sawhney | Wardrobe: Hussein Chalayan | Lighting: Adam Carrée | Coproduced by: Sadler’s Wells, Chaillot National Theater, Monaco Dance Forum, Catalonia National Theater, Mercat de les Flors, the Dijon Opera and Teatros de la Villa in Luxemburg | Duration: 15 minutes.


Choreographer: Yaday Ponce (original by Mijaíl Fokin and Michel Descombey) | Music: Camille Saint-Saëns | Duration: 6 minutes.


Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela | Costume design and props: Rafael Bonachela | Lighting: Pedro Benítez (original by Lee Curran) | Music: Astor Piazzolla (played by Gidon Kremer), Agustín Lara and cancionero popular latinoamericano (performed by Chavela Vargas) | Duration: 17 minutes.


Concept and directed by: Jorge Crecis | Assistant choreographer: Fernando Balsera | Music: Vincenzo Lamagna | Costume designer: Eva Escribano | Lighting designers: Michael Mannion, Warren Letton and Pedro Benítez | Approximate duration: 18 minutes | Note: Diez is an exclusive recreation for Acosta Danza, based on the piece 36, created in 2011 for the Edge company and performed at the Royal Opera House in London in 2012.

“His virtuosity and wattage of stage charm make Carlos Acosta one of the most internationally admired performers of his generation”.

The Guardian

—Since it was founded in 2015, this Cuban company - made up of young dancers who have trained in contemporary dance and classical ballet - has made a name for itself in the United States and Europe for its pieces combining traditional, contemporary and Cuban moves in choreographies that come from all over the world. With the famous Sadler’s Wells theater in London as coproducer and with backing from Cuba’s Ministry of Culture, their trademark approach brings together different styles in an attempt to renew and experiment with different types of dance.

—Cuban director Carlos Acosta is an important figure in world dance. Having retired from the London Royal Ballet in 2016 - where he was Principal Guest Artist, selling out the Royal Albert Hall five times for his final performance - he divides his time between being the artistic director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet (a position he will assume in February) and working with Acosta Danza, a company and foundation that encourages the development of young Cuban and Spanish-speaking artists.

—It’s a great opportunity to watch ballet and contemporary Cuban dance, with world-renowned performers who are extremely popular in their own country. “In Cuba, everyone knows about ballet and children sign up for classes like Spanish children do for football”, said Viengsay Valdés, artistic director of the Cuban National Ballet, to the El Mundo newspaper in Spain.

Contemporary dance: This is an alternative to classical dance, incorporating greater freedom into the body’s movements. It gained its name in the nineteenth century. “It has many different styles and techniques; it’s complete freedom of expression, of emotion. It’s a type of dance that has a lot of freedom of communication”, says, for example, Spanish choreographer Rosa Mari Herrador.

Pas de deux: A term used in ballet to describe a move or piece involving two performers.

The London Royal Ballet: Founded in 1931, this is the United Kingdom’s original and most important ballet company. Its choreographers have included leading figures from the world of dance, for example John Cranko and Kenneth McMillan.

Principal Guest Artist: This is a term used by the London Royal Ballet to describe the ballet’s main leads, who combine their work at the company with other international performances. ¡

Sadler’s Wells: this is the most important contemporary dance theater in England and an important name on the world stage.

Acosta Danza Company’s official website

“An international star gives his all for his island” - Interview with Carlos Acosta, published in The New York Times in April 2018

Acosta Danza’s YouTube channel

Acosta Danza on social media:

On Instagram, @acosta.danza.cuba

On Facebook, acostadanza

On Twitter, @AcostaDanza

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