International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta CBE, and his critically acclaimed Cuban company, Acosta Danza will perform their only Scottish date in the Highland capital in 2020. Bringing such an iconic performer to Eden Court is of huge significance for the venue and sees the dance programme continue to flourish following the World Premiere 50th anniversary Gala from Scottish Ballet earlier in the year.
For these two performances Acosta makes a guest appearance in the iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones. The company also perform new work, Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg. Inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’après midi d’un faune, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui completes the bill with masterpiece Faun, set to Debussy’s original score with additional music from Nitin Sawhney.
Eden Court’s Chief Executive James Mackenzie-Blackman said:
“It will be a total privilege to present ACOSTA DANZA to Eden Court and an honour, for all of us across the Highlands, to welcome international ballet sensation Carlos Acosta himself who will make a guest appearance. Acosta is widely renowned as one of the world’s best and well-known dancers. From his youth in Havana, to the Royal Ballet in London Carlos has changed the landscape of dance forever.
When I joined Eden Court I committed to bringing the world’s best talent to the Highlands and so I’m delighted we have been able to make this happen, and for us to be the only Scottish date in this tour.
Seeing Carlos Acosta perform is a once in a generation opportunity and so I look forward to giving him, and his company, a rousing Highland welcome.”
Carlos Acosta was born in Havana, the youngest of 11 children. He went on to train at the National Ballet School of Cuba before enjoying a celebrated 30-year career in dance, including 17 years with The Royal Ballet.
After retiring, he founded Cuban dance company Acosta Danza and established a dance academy in Havana which welcomed its first students in 2017.
During his career he won, among other accolades, an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award from The Royal Academy of Dance.
In January 2020 he will succeed David Bintley as artistic director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Following his appointment Sir David Normington, who chairs the Birmingham Royal Ballet, said, “This is a great moment, we have secured the greatest male dancer of his generation to be our new director”
Tickets for Acosta Danza, Evolution will go on sale to Eden Court Friends on MON 24 JUN at 10am and will be available to the general public on FRI 28 JUN at 10am. The performance dates are TUE 10 + WED 11 MAR 2020. Join today and be the first to get your hands on tickets for this once in a generation experience before it goes on general sale.
Carlos will also be on screen in the cinema next week. The film YULI, a biopic of Carlos' life, also starring Carlos will be screening on the 28 and 29 JUN. Keep your ticket and get £5 off Acosta Danza, Evolution at the Box Office – T&Cs apply.
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