Date: Thursday, August 22
Carlos Acosta will dance in two of the five choreographies of the program based on contemporary dance
Carlos Acosta, recognized as the best male dancer of his generation and for many one of the greatest dance artists of all time, directs the Acosta Danza, the company he founded in 2016 when he returned to Cuba after leaving classical ballet, with which he explores the concepts of contemporary dance in a vibrant combination with the classic.
Acosta stars in the Dance section of the San Javier Festival, third and final stop of a mini tour in Spain of the company that will offer a program consisting of the pieces "Imponderable" and "Mermaid" in the first part, and "Call", "Two" and "Twelve" in the second.
The Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero, signs two of the program's choreographies, one of them "Imponderable", based on songs by the Cuban musician Silvio Rodríguez created for 12 dancers as a reflection on the indescribable, and "Call", choreography shown by first time after its premiere in Cuba, with music by Miguel Poveda, Rosalía and Owen Belton and verses by García Lorca, which addresses homosexuality and bullying.
Carlos Acosta will perform with contemporary dancer Marta Ortega, "Mermaid" (Sirena), by choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with Korean songs about the sea.
The program, which is almost two hours long, includes "Two", an adaptation of Russell Mapliphant's choreography, which was popularized in 2004 by Sylvie Guillem, in which the dancer evolves from a small rectangular box to becoming with his own movements a "energy nebula".
The show ends with "Twelve" by Jorge Crecis, a "dance-sports" choreography that tests the physical and mental resistance of the 12 dancers who "have to do the impossible to achieve the impossible."
All choreographies are exclusive to Acosta Danza except "Two".
Carlos Acosta arrives in San Javier months after the film by the Spanish director Itziar Bollaín about the life of the dancer, "Yuli" will be released as he was called as a child when his father forced him, against his will, to dance.
The San Javier Festival has scheduled a viewing of the film in a room of Neo Cinemas Dos Mares prior to the show, on Tuesday, August 20.
Carlos Acosta never wanted to devote himself to dance although at 16 he won the gold medal of the Grand Prix de Lausanne and at 18 he became the first dancer of the English National Ballet.
Ballet would end up becoming his life and after a frustrating first return to Cuba, he returned to leave the island as the first figure of the Houston Ballet, becoming in 1998 the first dancer of the Royal Ballet in London.
Carlos Acosta became the first black Romeo in the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" and opened the way to the few black classical dancers.
Become a choreographer, his goodbye to classical ballet in 2016 after 28 years of career, meant his return to his longed for Cuba where he currently lives, to create his own school and company, the Acosta Danza.
In 2017 he created the Carlos Acosta Dance Foundation, through which he intends to provide free training to young dancers without resources as it happened to him, a boy from a marginal neighborhood of Havana who ended up dancing in the most prestigious companies in the world .
Carlos Acosta has accepted the invitation to direct the Birminghan Royal Ballet from January 2020.
Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier