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BBC to air 'Imagine...' documentary following Carlos Acosta on 8 December 2015

The special will see the Principal Guest Artist offer unique insights into the creation of Carmen, and a glimpse into his future plans.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

1 December 2015 at 4.17pm | 8 Comments

Carlos Acosta is the subject of an upcoming episode of the BBC's 'Imagine...' to be aired on BBC One on 8 December 2015 at 10.35pm GMT.

The documentary film — presented by Alan Yentob — will follow the Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet in the lead up to the recent world premiere of his new production of Carmen, which Carlos both choreographed and starred in.

Carlos' adaptation of the classic tale took inspiration from Bizet's iconic opera, incorporating memorable tunes including the Toreador Song and featured The Royal Opera Extra Chorus. The final night of the 2015/16 run marked Carlos' final main stage performance with The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.

The programme will also look forward to his future plans of establishing his own dance school in his native Cuba.

In addition to this 'Imagine...' special, Carlos Acosta's Carmen will be broadcast in full on Christmas Day at 7.30pm on BBC Four. Further details of other ROH broadcasts over Christmas 2015 will be announced in due course.

Imagine… Carlos Acosta: Cuba Calls will be broadcast on 8 Dec at 10.35pm on BBC One.

The Royal Opera House and the BBC are partners.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

1 December 2015 at 4.17pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Alan Yentob, BBC, by Carlos Acosta, Carlos Acosta, Carlos Acosta: Cuba Calls, Carmen, documentary, Film, Imagine, Production

This article has 8 comments

  1. Angela Hurlstone responded on 1 December 2015 at 5:41pm Reply

    Great news. It will be lovely to hear more of Carlos' plans. I know I am going to greatly miss seeing him perform at ROH. It has been a real pleasure and privilege to see so many of his performances and I will treasure the memories of these.

  2. carolyn price responded on 2 December 2015 at 6:02pm Reply

    Very much looking forward to the programme. Am sure it will be excellent. Perhaps with Carlos 'retiring' from ROH it would be a timely moment for a repeat of The Royal Ballet In Havana programme which I missed first time round.

  3. Stevie responded on 2 December 2015 at 8:16pm Reply

    Is the Christmas day broadcast the full mixed bill programme, or just Carmen as an extract. Or will we have to wait and see.
    The mixed bill was fantastic, with Carmen the icing on the Christmas cake.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 3 December 2015 at 10:03am

      Hi Stevie,

      The broadcast will feature only Carmen (the final performance of which was filmed)


      ROH Content Producer

  4. Andrew Walters responded on 3 December 2015 at 12:33am Reply

    Delighted that Carlos's Carmen will be shown on BBC4! Will this include the farewell speech that was shown in the cinemas? I was unable to see the live broadcast. We will all miss him at the Royal Opera House.

  5. Jakegee responded on 4 December 2015 at 2:23am Reply

    Having been at the Royal Opera House for the final performance and then having seen it again at the cinema encore screening, I'm very much looking forward to this special treat on Christmas Day. I hope the full production of "Carmen" will be shown, including the final curtain call, with the speeches by Kevin O'Hare and Carlos, and also Carlos's little daughter, Aila, coming onstage. That was very emotional!! Even though that final main stage curtain call is available to view on YouTube, I think it would be much appreciated by British audiences on Christmas TV. It would be a VERY special Christmas Special!

  6. sharon dark responded on 11 December 2015 at 7:35am Reply

    Can I buy this dvd?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 12 December 2015 at 10:35pm

      Dear Sharon

      As this was a BBC production the decision to release the programme on DVD would rest with them.

      Best wishes


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