Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta curates and stars in an exciting mixed programme of dance inspired by his homeland. The first half of the evening sees Acosta collaborate with two Cuban dance stars, Miguel Altunaga and George Céspedes. Acosta dances the world premiere of Altunaga's Derrumbe, while Céspedes stages his thrilling La ecuación. Acclaimed Cuban dancer Alexander Varona dances Russell Maliphant's Flux, followed by a world premiere from the acclaimed dance group Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. The first half concludes with Edwaard Liang's Sight Unseen, danced by Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky to music by Arvo Pärt.
In the second half of the evening Acosta presents his Tocoroco Suite, a selection of highlights from his hugely popular 2003 dance work completely re-imagined for the Royal Opera House main stage. Acosta is joined by members of Danza Contemporánea as he weaves a part-autobiographical narrative told through classical, contemporary and Afro-Cuban dance – all to the accompaniment of a live house band.
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