Carlos’ first novel, Pig’s Foot, to be published this autumn
Carlos’ debut novel will be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in October. Entitled Pig’s Foot, it will be translated from the Spanish (Pata de puerca) by award-winning translator Frank Wynne. Carlos’ editor, Bill Swainson, said: ‘Pig’s Foot is brilliantly conceived, darkly humorous and bursting with life.'
The novel has already been chosen to be a part of the prestigious Waterstones 11, the UK retailer’s pick of the top debut novels of the year.
Carlos to feature on Sir David Frost's "The Frost Interview"
Carlos is one of the featured guests on Sir David Frost's latest series for Al Jazeera. The show, titled The Frost Interview, has been called a return to 'Nixon-style' in-depth interviews for Frost. Previous guests have included Sir Paul McCartney and Desmond Tutu.
The interview with Carlos will be broadcast on Al Jazeera, on the following dates (times are GMT):
Friday 14th Dec, 20.00
Saturday 15th Dec, 12.00
Sunday 16th Dec, 01.00
Monday 17th Dec, 06.00
The programme will also be uploaded to the Al Jazeera website and available for streaming from Monday 17th December.
More information on The Frost Interview, including the live stream once it becomes available, can be found at aljazeera.com/programmes/frostinterview
Tickets for new Carlos show at London Coliseum on sale now
Carlos will be returning to the London Coliseum for a limited run of five performances in July and August 2013. He will be performing Classical Selection, a new show presenting highlights of his career.
Classical Selection will feature a range of pas de deux from the classical and neo-classical canon, with Carlos being joined on stage by some of his past dance partners in an evening to celebrate the year of his 40th birthday.
The production will take place at the London Coliseum (St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2) from Tuesday 30th July until Sunday 4th August 2013. Tickets can be purchased from ENO (020 7845 9300 or online) and Sadler's Wells (0844 412 4300 or online)
Edinburgh shows announced for April 2013
Carlos will be making his Edinburgh debut in 2013, performing On Before at the Scottish capital's Festival Theatre.
On Before is created and danced by Carlos and features Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky. The show combines existing and new choreography by some of the world’s leading dance makers, Russell Maliphant, Kim Brandstrup, Edwaard Liang and Miguel Altunaga, in a framework created by Carlos which tells the story of a doomed relationship between a man and a woman.
The score is wide-ranging, with commissions from Cuban composer Omar Puente and a finale featuring the live choral work of Morte Lauridsen’s "O Magnum Mysterium".
Tickets are now on sale for this peformance, which will take place on Friday 26th April and Saturday 27th April 2013. Tickets are available from edtheatres.com/carlosacosta
Carlos Acosta International Dance Foundation website launched
The Carlos Acosta International Dance Foundation officially launched it's website today. The Foundation's aim is to create Carlos Acosta Arts Centres around the world, centres that will be education platforms and places where choreographers and dancers can come to express talents which might not otherwise be seen or heard, therefore creating a legacy of dance for future generations.
Visit our new website below to find out details of our first project in Havana, Cuba, see photos from our pre-launch event and also to get involved with the project, either by making a donation, subscribing to our newsletter or becoming a partner.
Here is the website link: carlosacostafoundation.org
Transmission date announced for Carlos' appearance on new show from Sir Michael Parkinson
Earlier this year Carlos was asked to appear on The Sky Arts Masterclass with Michael Parkinson, a brand new show from Sky Arts featuring Sir Michael Parkinson interviewing one person from across the arts about their life and career each week.
Carlos is very honoured to appear on the show, in an episode to be broadcast on Tuesday November 20th (this date differs from the previously announced date of October 31st) at 9pm on Sky Arts.
New film starring Carlos premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival
Day Of The Flowers, a new romantic drama starring Carlos, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 25th June. The film features Carlos in his first leading feature film role, alongside Eva Birthistle (Ae Fond Kiss, Breakfast on Pluto), Charity Wakefield (Serena) and Christopher Simpson (Brick Lane).
The film has been nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature and the Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film. It was directed by two-time BAFTA winner John Roberts (Paulie, War of the Buttons), written by Eirene Houston, produced by Jonathan Raw and with a score by Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love).
Here's the film's synopsis:
Day Of The Flowers is a romantic drama about two strong-willed sisters, on a journey through Cuba, who find love & misadventure in the most unusual of places. Drenched in sunlight and with a fabulous Cuban soundtrack, Day Of The Flowers is a colourful and wryly humorous tale of cross-cultural misunderstandings and lost illusions. Day Of The Flowers will lift spirits and make hearts soar.
Here's Carlos and Eva Birthistle at EIFF 2012 talking about the film:
Day Of The Flowers was also selected for the Breakthrough strand of the London UK Film Focus (LUFF), which was held from Monday 25 – 28 June 2012.
You can find out more about the film at dayoftheflowers.com
New Sky Arts documentary featuring Carlos to air on June 17th
This Sunday, June 17th, Sky Arts will be airing The Male Dancer, a new documentary film for the South Bank show which explores the story of great male dancers and the development of male choreography throughout the last century from Nijinsky through to MacMillan and also the more alternative choreography by Matthew Bourne and Wayne McGregor. Carlos features heavily throughout the film alongside other ballet superstars Nureyev and Baryshnikov. A fascinating behind the scenes insight that includes interviews and recent footage.
New Carlos Portrait by Nigel Cox!
This incredible portrait of Carlos by talented artist, Nigel Cox, can be viewed at The Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square as part of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition from Thursday the 3rd of May to Friday the 18th of May. It is even more amazing in reality and well worth a peak!
Bloomsbury to publish Novel!
After releasing his highly acclaimed autobiography in 2007, Carlos developed a taste for writing and has since turned his pen to fiction. Pata del Puerco, as it is called in Spanish, is a highly imaginative tale told in the style of magical surrealism. It follows the history of Cuba on a journey through Slavery right up to the revolution and the present day. Clever and sensitively written, it features many colourful characters whose stories will be sure to move you and of course provide plenty of humour along the way.
Currently being translated from Spanish to English, it is due for publication by Bloomsbury in 2013 - all in all an exciting year for Carlos. Closer to the publication date, he hopes to give readers a preview by including a chapter on the website.
Carlos to be first guest on new Sir Michael Parkinson show!
Watch out for the latest Sir Michael Parkinson show due to be previewed on the new Sky Arts channel later this year. The hour long programme, due to be filmed from May this year in front of a live studio audience, is a master-class featuring one artist who will be interviewed by Sir Michael about their career and will also include live demonstrations of their art form. Future episodes may include Artists, Directors, Musicians, and Actors but Carlos will be featured on the first episode. To ensure you don't miss a wonderful opportunity to see Carlos being interviewed by the greatest interviewer of his generation and dancing and explaining the finer details of this art form, we will update you with dates and scheduling times as soon as they are confirmed.