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Carlos Acosta’s Classical Farewell: Saving the Last Dance

The Royal Albert Hall will be the last stage for Carlos Acosta, one of the best classical ballet dancers of his generation. He’ll be retiring his ballet shoes with five final performances that will take place daily from Monday 3rd October to Friday 7th October. SEEN strongly recommends that you don’t miss this final opportunity to admire Acosta’s dancing; surely he is the finest exponent of classical ballet anywhere in the world.

Carlos Acosta, Spartacus, Bolshoi, Moscow 2007

The Royal Albert Hall will be the last stage for Carlos Acosta, one of the best classical ballet dancers of his generation. He’ll be retiring his ballet shoes with five final performances that will take place daily from Monday 3rd October to Friday 7th October. SEEN strongly recommends that you don’t miss this final opportunity to admire Acosta’s dancing; surely he is the finest exponent of classical ballet anywhere in the world.

The Classical Farewell, co-produced by Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions, presents some of the most famous of Acosta’s classical works. He’s put together a programme with some of his favourite pieces from the classical repertoire, such as Winter Dreams, Mayerling and Requiem by one of the greatest ballet choreographers of the 20th century – Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine’s story about the Greek God Apollo, Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote and Memoria by Rambert’s Miguel Altunaga.

Carlos Acosta as Apollo with Royal Ballet
Carlos Acosta as Apollo with Royal Ballet

There will also be an extract from George Balanchine’s Rubies set to a score by Stravinsky, alongside an extract from one of Frederick Ashton’s last works, the playful, romantic, and elegant Rhapsody. Completing the bill are Raúl Reinoso’s Anadromous, Manon and Gloria by Kenneth Macmillan and Michel Foline’s Scheherezade and solo, Dying Swan.

Carlos will be joined on-stage by Yuhui Choe, Sarah Lamb, Laura Morera, Marianela Nuñez and Valentino Zucchetti alongside Cuban dancers Gabriela Lugo and Luis Valle. The evening’s programme is accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Paul Murphy and features Pegasus Choir, one of London’s most accomplished chamber choirs. Pegasus has previously performed with Acosta in productions at the London Coliseum and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Born in Havana in 1973, Acosta trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba and soon after started travelling the world, being lauded by critics and audiences alike. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003. Acosta has frequently appeared worldwide with companies including American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Kirov, Bolshoi and Australian Ballet. In 2014 he was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to ballet in 2014; a remarkable year in his career which had seen him stage a new production of Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House, release his debut novel Pig’s Foot, which was subsequently named as one of the Waterstone’s Eleven, an annual list of some of the most promising debut novels.

For his final Royal Ballet season, Carlos Acosta choreographed and took the lead role in Carmen which ran at the Royal Opera House from October to November 2015, marking his farewell to the company after 17 years. Most recently, he has been working in Havana, Cuba, with his new company Acosta Danza.

Monday 3 – Friday 7 October 2016
Performances: Mon – Fri at 7.30pm
Tickets: £20 – £110 + fees

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Carlos Acosta
The Classical Farewell
Royal Albert Hall,
Kensington Gore,
London SW7 2AP

Credits

Photo Angela Taylor

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