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Carlos Acosta

Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta is a Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet. He has danced with many of the leading ballet companies in the world. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003. He has achieved acclaim for dancing many of the danseur noble roles in the repertory, such as Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), The Prince (The Nutcracker), Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty) and Don Quixote. His staging of Don Quixote, his first for The Royal Ballet, opened the 2013/14 Season.

Acosta was born in Havana and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba, going on to dance with the English National Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Houston Ballet. The culture and history of his home country have been important influences throughout his career, and in 2003 his show Tocororo – A Cuban Tale, loosely based on his childhood, broke box office records at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. His 2007 autobiography No Way Home was a UK bestseller and he is currently developing plans for a new ballet school in Cuba. 2013 saw the publication of his first novel, Pig’s Foot.

Acosta has received many awards throughout his career, including an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2007 and a Prix Benois de la Danse in 2008, and in 2014 he was made a CBE for services to ballet. In June 2011 he performed with Tamara Rojo at the opening night of Romeo and Juliet at the O2 Arena, London, to an audience of 13,500.

Videos

News and features

Giselle available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray

Giselle available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray

8 August 2014

Order Peter Wright’s production starring Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta now, and receive a discount.

Carlos Acosta choreographs his first musical, Broadway classic Guys and Dolls

Carlos Acosta choreographs his first musical, Broadway classic Guys and Dolls

6 August 2014

Production at Chichester Festival Theatre follows the 2013 premiere of his first full-length ballet, Don Quixote.

Your reaction: Cubanía

Your reaction: Cubanía

23 July 2014

What did you think of Carlos Acosta's programme of Cuban dance?

A Cuban dance history: Part II

A Cuban dance history: Part II

16 July 2014

Following our guide to Cuban dance in general, we explore the country’s ballet tradition.

A Cuban dance history: Part I

A Cuban dance history: Part I

14 July 2014

Our quick guide to traditional and modern dance in Cuba.

Watch: Carlos Acosta - 'Ballet productions are constant works in progress'

Watch: Carlos Acosta - 'Ballet productions are constant works in progress'

7 April 2014

The Cuban ballet superstar speaks about his production of Don Quixote and offers cautionary words for young dancers lured by fame.

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