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Carlos Acosta

Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Carlos Acosta in action.
Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

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

Watch: Carlos Acosta on <em>Cubanía</em> and his future plans — 'I want to transition to contemporary dance while I'm at the top'

Watch: Carlos Acosta on Cubanía and his future plans — 'I want to transition to contemporary dance while I'm at the top'

23 July 2015

The Havana-born Principal Guest Artist talks to Jon Snow about his Latin-flavoured mixed programme, his childhood and the recent political changes in Cuba.

Dance Essentials: Carlos Acosta’s <em>Cubanía</em>

Dance Essentials: Carlos Acosta’s Cubanía

20 July 2015

A quick introduction to the great Cuban dancer’s vibrant homage to his homeland.

<em>Cubanía</em> Dance Highlight: the <em>Tocororo pas de deux</em>

Cubanía Dance Highlight: the Tocororo pas de deux

16 July 2015

Carlos Acosta thrillingly fuses ballet, contemporary and Cuban dance in this Latin-flavoured pas de deux.

Photos

Pieter Symonds and Carlos Acosta in Cubanía

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in La Fille mal gardée, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez as Lise and Carlos Acosta as Colas in La Fille mal gardée

Carlos Acosta as The Messenger of Death and Marianela Nuñez in Song of the Earth

Carlos Acosta's Tocorocco

Carlos Acosta's Tocorocco

Carlos Acosta in Edwaard Liang's Sight Unseen

Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta as Albrecht and Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle

The Royal Ballet Giselle in rehearsal, Natalia Osipova as Giselle; Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. (Clore Studio)

The Royal Ballet Giselle in rehearsal, Natalia Osipova as Giselle; Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. (Clore Studio)

In rehearsals for Cubanía

Carlos Acosta in Tocoroco

Carlos Acosta in Tocoroco

Carlos Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote

Carlos Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote

Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez and members of The Royal Ballet at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote

Carlos Acosta rehearsing for Don Quixote

Carlos Acosta rehearsing for Don Quixote

Carlos Acosta, Thiago Soares, Marianela Nuñez and Bryan Hymel at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch

Antonio Pappano and Carlos Acosta at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch

Carlos Acosta at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch

Carlos Acosta in Gloria

Sarah Lamb in Gloria, with Thiago Soares and Carlos Acosta

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake.

Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Tamara Rojo as Juliet and Carlos Acosta as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Tamara Rojo with Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake

Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo at the Latin-UK Awards

Carlos Acosta in Apollo

Carlos Acosta and Leanne Benjamin in Machina, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Leanne Benjamin in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, with Edward Watson and Carlos Acosta.

Carlos Acosta's Tocororo

Royal Opera House Autumn Season 2015/16