Film Yuli (2018) in LantarenVenster

7 till 27 February 2023

LantarenVenster, Rotterdam



On Tuesday 7 February, Carlos Acosta and Samuel Wuersten, director of the Holland Dance Festival, will be present for an introduction before the performance.

Icíar Bollaín's film Yuli (2018) tells the story of Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, widely considered one of the greatest dancers of his generations. The director bases this partly on Acosta's autobiography No Way Home (2008), and uses the creation of Acosta's ballet Tocororo - created by Acosta Danza - as a framework to tell the story. In doing so, the film focuses primarily on two closely related components: Acosta's relationship with his father Pedro and his relationship with his native Cuba.

“The story of Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta.”

Talented street child
Havana in the 1980s: the rebellious Yuli - as father Acosta named his son after a brave Indian warrior - has always managed to avoid school and, despite his great talent for dancing, is in danger of becoming a boy of the streets. Hoping for a better life, father Pedro sends his talented son to Cuba's national ballet academy. Against his will and despite great resistance, Yuli is eventually captivated by the world of dance.

It turns out to be the beginning of a legendary career. Yuli grows into one of the great stars of the British Royal Ballet, where, among other things, he is the first dark dancer ever to perform the role of Romeo.

Click here for more information about Yuli at LantarenVenster, Rotterdam.

Data & tickets

date start time location price tickets
Tue 7 February 2023 19:00 LantarenVenster, Rotterdam €11,00 Past
Sat 11 February 2023 16:30 LantarenVenster, Rotterdam €11,00 Past
Sat 18 February 2023 12:15 LantarenVenster, Rotterdam €11,00 Past
Mon 27 February 2023 19:00 LantarenVenster, Rotterdam €11,00 Past


Yuli snijdt met zijn mengvorm van fictie en autobiografie interessante thema’s aan. Edilson Manuel Olbera Núñez, die de jonge, opstandige Carlos speelt, is een echt ontdekking. ★★★★

de Volkskrant

Sympathieke biopic met vernuftig scenario. ★★★★

VPRO Cinema

Sterk hoe Carlos z’n eigen herinneringen in wonderschone dans vervat en de film zijn bewegingskunst van biografische context voorziet. ★★★★

De Telegraaf