—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