Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection
Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection is at the London Coliseum from July 30 to August 4.
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
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.
Currently performing as a Principal Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet, Acosta’s past productions have played to sell-out audiences and have been lauded by critics and audiences alike. In 2007 he won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his performance in his 2006 programme, Carlos Acosta with Guests of The Royal Ballet. His debut novel Pig’s Foot, released on 30 October 2013, was recently named as one of the Waterstone’s Eleven, an annual list of some of the most promising debut novels.
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 was born in Havana and is the youngest of eleven children. In a bid to save the young boy from a life of gangs and petty crime his father sent him to ballet school when he was ten. Acosta was expelled from ballet school twice, but when he saw the National Ballet of Cuba perform aged 13 he vowed to become a great dancer. His prizes include the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne in 1990 and in that same year he won the Gold Medal at the Fourth Annual Competition of Ballet, Paris. He was a Principal with English National Ballet in 1991-2. He danced with National Ballet of Cuba in 1992-3, and was a Principal with Houston Ballet from 1993-8. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003. In 2007 he won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his performance in his 2006 programme, Carlos Acosta with Guests of The Royal Ballet. His debut novel Pig’s Foot, released on 30 October 2013, was recently named as one of the Waterstone’s Eleven, an annual list of some of the most promising debut novels.