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Win tickets to the premiere of Carlos Acosta’s feature film debut this Sunday

Ballet star plays the romantic lead in British comedy Day of the Flowers.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

19 November 2013 at 4.25pm | 21 Comments

Please note: This competition has now closed.

Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta’s first feature film will be released in UK cinemas on 29 November.

We have two tickets to the London premiere to give away. For a chance to win, tell us your favourite of Carlos Acosta's dance roles via the comments below, or via Twitter using #CarlosAcosta.

Day of the Flowers, a British comedy directed by the BAFTA award-winning John Roberts, follows two strong-willed Scottish sisters (Charity Wakefield and Eva Birthistle) who travel to Cuba to scatter their late father’s ashes. Carlos plays Tomas, a Cuban dance teacher-turned-tour guide.

‘Carlos was a natural in front of the camera,’ says John. ‘Of course he has great charisma, but he is also very focused and completely held his own along with some experienced actors. It was a pleasure working with him, particularly in his native Cuba.’

For Carlos, the acting experience and meticulous process of filming with retakes was a far cry from the immediacy of live stage performance.

‘I think he found the slowness of the process quite taxing and would often rehearse his ballet moves just off camera,’ continues John. ‘I'd look round and suddenly there was Carlos in full flow and I'd think, "Wow! That's Carlos Acosta - what's he doing here?"’

Day of the Flowers had its premiere at the Edinbugh International Film Festival 2012, and was nominated for Best British Feature Film.

Carlos has also recently released his first fiction novel Pig’s Foot, which was was selected as one of the Waterstones Eleven for the best fiction debuts of 2013. The book, which explores the tumultuous history of Cuba across three generations, is currently available to buy online and in the Royal Opera House Shop.

What is your favourite dance role performed by Carlos?

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

19 November 2013 at 4.25pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Carlos Acosta, Charity Wakefield, Cuba, Day of the Flowers, Eva Birthistle, feature film, Film, Guest Principal, John Roberts, Movie

This article has 21 comments

  1. Lisa Hudson responded on 19 November 2013 at 4:58pm Reply

    I saw him at the London Colesium in 2011 in a performance called On Before. This was an exciting contemporary programme which started my love affair with live ballet and one of the greatest dancers of this era.

  2. Prince Igor. would love to see this!

  3. marvin edwards responded on 19 November 2013 at 6:16pm Reply

    In 2009 i watched Carlos at Sadlers Wells in a contemporary ballet . I was only ten. He is a true inspiration and a mesmerising dancer. I do ballet training outside of school and hope to be as good as Carlos one day soon. He signed my book at the weekend. I cant wait to see him in a film. :-D

  4. georgie p responded on 19 November 2013 at 7:53pm Reply

    i saw him on a mixed bill about three years ago at the coliseum and he was fantastic. i like him in anything, i've got to say!

  5. Pauline responded on 19 November 2013 at 8:06pm Reply

    My favourite Carlos role is The Prodigal Son. He even managed to put Sylvie Guillem's Siren in the shade!

  6. Rosie Brooks responded on 20 November 2013 at 1:57am Reply

    Don Quixote

  7. Andre responded on 20 November 2013 at 9:57am Reply

    himself at "Tocororo: A Cuban Tale"

  8. Delina responded on 20 November 2013 at 3:06pm Reply

    Carlos brings something to every role, but I was completely blown away by his Basilio at the Don Quixote Gala. Maybe it's because the role, the ballet, and of course this new staging are so personal to him but he was the true embodiment of the character and a perfect ambassador of ballet.

  9. i haven't seen him yet so i don't know, but i'd love to go!

  10. Jan Cockburn responded on 20 November 2013 at 5:54pm Reply

    In Song of the Earth with Darcey Bussell and Gary Avis.....her last performance at ROH, so powerful...

  11. I have seen him numerous productions but my favourite has to be Apollo.

  12. Anne Hall responded on 20 November 2013 at 7:25pm Reply

    I took my husband a few years ago to see his first ballet - Romeo and Juliet with Carlos Acosta. At the end of the performance I heard him say under his breath "My that was good" and so it was, leaving me emotionally drained and crying for an hour afterwards! What a lovely feeling though, to be absorbed in something so deeply that the audience disappears and you are there alone with Carlos, dancing, just for me!

  13. Camille responded on 21 November 2013 at 4:14pm Reply

    Definitely Don Quixote!

  14. Susan Busby responded on 21 November 2013 at 4:47pm Reply

    I have enjoyed everything Carlos has danced but the best is Romeo. Not because it has always been my favourite ballet but specifically because Carlos' entire performance is both aesthetically beautiful and totally convincing.

  15. Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 21 November 2013 at 5:10pm Reply

    Many congratulations to Georgie Pope who has won 2 tickets to the premiere of Day of the Flowers.

    We hope you enjoy the film!

    All the best,

    (Assistant Content Producer)

  16. Patricia Chapman responded on 22 November 2013 at 9:52am Reply

    Gloria - his quiet strength and beautiful control. Such a charismatic dancer

  17. C.Leonard responded on 22 November 2013 at 12:25pm Reply

    It has to be as Romeo. I have seen this ballet in the O2 and at the ROH and in both venues he was fantastic especially his rapport with Tamara Rojo. My 10 year old and her friends were mesmerised at the O2 and my husband and was moved to tears and emotionally moved by the performance at the ROH - a new experience in 2 generations!

  18. Lucía Camarillo Gómez responded on 24 November 2013 at 11:46pm Reply

    He is always perfect.. and makes me feel in a dream when he dances. And even better.. when he dances with Tamara Rojo! the best partenair ever!

    • Lucía Camarillo Gómez responded on 24 November 2013 at 11:50pm

      I forgot to choose his best role .. Definetely.. De Grieux in Manon!

  19. I haven't had the fortune (yet) of seeing Carlos Acosta perform live. But from the videos I've seen of him, and I have seen MANY, I have to go with Spartacus!


  20. Branka Juran responded on 28 November 2013 at 12:06pm Reply

    I loved him as a Romeo...the best Romeo ever :)

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