“Carlos has that rare wow factor.”
The Cuban Carlos Acosta is one of the greatest international ballet stars of recent decades. He was a ‘principal guest artist’ with the British Royal Ballet for many years, as well as performing with numerous prestigious ballet companies, including, the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris, American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. In 2016 he retired from The Royal Ballet – receiving a standing ovation lasting more than twenty minutes – but still performs regularly, though in recent years only in contemporary repertoire. In addition, he started his own company, Acosta Danza, in his native Cuba, which will perform later in this festival, and has been Artistic Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet since the beginning of 2020.
Only once before has Carlos Acosta been seen in the Netherlands: in 1997 he was a guest of the Dutch National Ballet in Nutcracker & Mouse King. Now, 25 years later, in the eighteenth Holland Dance Festival he is presenting a ‘mixed bill’ of creations by the Cuban choreographer Raul Reinoso and by two of the most prominent choreographers of our time: the Flemish-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and the British Russell Maliphant.
Nosotros (Duet) by Cuban choreographer Raul Reinoso
Mermaid (Duet) by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Two (Solo) by Russell Maliphant
“Acosta himself takes to the stage for Mermaid – a duet created by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, performed with principal Marta Ortega (..) It’s a masterclass in looking out of control while maintaining a steely rigour of movement – and Acosta, always the most sublime of partners, is a perfect foil. The richness of Larbi’s choreography is (..) made touchingly real by Acosta’s despair, compassion and hope. It’s a lovely piece – and the highlight of the evening”
“It’s fascinating to see Russell Maliphant’s Two on Acosta’s body (..) his energy is carefully concentrated, not exploded outwards, but held close like precious breath. It’s an illustration of a mature, thoughtful dancer, who holds great magnetism and authority but doesn’t need to shout about it” – The Guardian