Carlos Acosta | Classical Selection @ the London Coliseum
One of the greatest male dancers of his generation, Carlos Acosta returns to the London Coliseum for a limited run from Tuesday 30 July – Sunday 4 August 2013, with Classical Selection, a new show presenting highlights from Carlos’ career in celebration of the year of his 40th birthday.
Carlos Acosta has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his breathtaking performances, including principal roles in many ballets in the classical repertoire. For Classical Selection Carlos will be joined on stage by some of his past dance partners and stars of The Royal Ballet including principal dancers Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish, Leanne Benjamin who recently retired from the Royal Ballet where she was a principal dancer, first soloists Ricardo Cervera and Yuhui Choe, soloists Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood and first artist Meaghan Grace Hinkis.
The evening’s programme includes a number of the most famous pas de deux from the classical and neo-classical canon. Extracts performed include Manon, Winter Dreams, Mayerling, Gloria and Requiem by one of the greatest ballet choreographers of the 20th century Kenneth MacMillan.
Also part of the evening’s programme is an extract from George Balanchine’s ballet about the Greek god Apollo and an extract from Rubies set to score by Stravinsky. Also performed is an extract from one of Frederick Ashton’s last works, the playful, romantic, and elegant Rhapsody.
The evening’s programme also includes fellow Cuban choreographer and dancer with RAMBERT, Miguel Altunaga’s 2009 solo Memoria and extracts from Mikhail Fokine’s Diana and Actaeon and Christopher Wheeldon’s Tryst.
Classical Selection is accompanied by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Paul Murphy. MacMillan’s Gloria and Requiem is accompanied by The Pegasus Choir.
Full programme and line-up
Winter Dreams MacMillan Carlos Acosta & Marianela Nunez
Dying Swan Fokine Melissa Hamilton
Rhapsody Ashton Yuhui Choe & Ricardo Cervera
Sheherzade Folkine Carlos Acosta & Marianela Nunez
Manon MacMillan Leanne Benjamin & Nehemiah Kish
Diana and Actaeon Vaganova Carlos Acosta & Marianela Nunez
Mayerling MacMillan Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin & Ricardo Cervera
Gloria MacMillan Nehemiah Kish & Melissa Hamilton
Requiem MacMillan Carlos Acosta & Leanne Benjamin
Rubies Balanchine Ricardo Cervera & Meaghan Grace Hinkis
Apollo Balanchine Carlos Acosta & Marianela Nunez
Tryst Wheeldon Eric Underwood & Melissa Hamilton
Memoria Altunaga Carlos Acosta
Carlos Acosta Classical Selection is in rep at the Coliseum until Sunday
Performances: Tuesday 30 – Saturday 3 August at 7.30pm; Sunday 4 August at 3pm (no performance Thursday 1 August)
Tickets: £10 – £85
Ticket office: 020 7845 9300 or 0844 412 4300