Guess who’s back. Internationally renowned Carlos Acosta CBE, one of the most extraordinary dancers of his generation breaks his retirement from classical ballet to return to the stage for a limited run at The Royal Albert Hall to celebrate thirty years as a professional dancer.
The repertoire includes Christopher Bruce’s Rooster brought thrillingly to life complete with rock and roll swagger and songs recorded by The Rolling Stones, Alrededor No Hay Nada by Goyo Montero, together with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s critically acclaimed Mermaid. But it’s Acosta’s reworked version of George Bizet’s Carmen one of the most powerful operas ever written, laced with Latin influences and accompanied by a live orchestra that sweeps us off our feet.
Don Jose (Javier Rojas) falls in love with Carmen (Laura Rodriguez) and sacrifices everything to be with her. When Carmen becomes infatuated with the toredor Escamillo (Acosta), Don Jose – whose love turns to violent jealousy – murders her.
Rodriguez together with is Acosta is spellbinding in the tale of jealousy and desire. So clearly comfortable commanding the stage and audiences alike, Rodiguez joined Acosta Danza in 2016 with a repertoire that includes Giselle, Swan Lake, Copellia, Don Quixote and Paquita.
Born in Havana, Acosta trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba, going on to dance with many of the world’s leading ballet companies including The Royal Ballet in 1998 where he became Principal Guest Artist in 2003, dancing Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Manon, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Apollo. Acosta has also performed with English National Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Houston Ballet.
To see the special performance on the 4th and 5th October book your ticket at royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/carlos-acosta-a-celebration
The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP
The story of Carlos’ life in ballet is set for release in December 2018