“Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for Acosta’s exhilarating Cuban trip. Fly to Cuba if you miss them here – Evening Standard”
‘The greatest dancer of his generation’. That was the nickname given to Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta in the years when he was dancing with the British Royal Ballet and performing as a guest soloist all over the world. Acosta has now said farewell to the ballet stage, but – as in this festival – he still performs in the contemporary dance repertoire and also leads two leading companies: the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the unique Acosta Danza, which he himself founded. Unique because Cuba is the source of inspiration for everything the company does and shows. The exceptionally talented dancers are all Cubans (Acosta also started its own school in Havana in 2017), the company offers opportunities to both well-known and young Cuban choreographers, and the international choreographers Acosta invites are asked to be inspired by Cuban culture. Acosta Danza has since celebrated successes throughout Europe, America and Asia, but this is the first time the group can be seen in the Netherlands.
Between dusk and dawn
With 100% Cuban, Acosta Danza is already one of the expected highlights of this eighteenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival. The program includes two premiere ballets by Cuban choreographers: Hybrid by Norge Cedeño Raffo and Liberto by Raúl Reinoso. The latter work, in a mix of fiction, mythology and reality, underlines the right of every individual to choose their own path, and thus forms an indictment of past and modern forms of slavery.
Choreographer Alexis Ferández, also of Cuban descent, shares his thoughts and feelings about present-day Havana in his De Punta a Cabo, made for the entire ensemble of dancers. This is set against the backdrop of the famous Malecón boulevard, where all facets of Cuban life can be felt and seen.
Finally, 100% Cuban also includes a creation by the celebrated Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg: Paysage, Soudain, la nuit. The famous Cuban Landscape with Rumba by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer (stage name for Juan Leovigildo) inspired Lidberg and second composer Stefan Levin to create a “celebration of youth between dusk and dawn. The stage setting is an installation, titled Vientos, by Cuban visual artist Elizabet Cerviño.