Dates have been announced for Carlos’ latest new work for the Royal Ballet
Carlos has created a dance adaptation of Bizet's opera Carmen - a tragic tale of jealousy and desire - for his latest work for The Royal Ballet.
A total of 8 performances between October 26th and November 12th have been announced for the production, 6 of which will feature Carlos alternating between the roles of Escamillo and Don Jose. The production will also include spectacular designs by Tim Hatley and a new orchestration of Bizet’s score by Martin Yates.
See our Performances page for more information on the show dates
Carlos To Discuss Career at China Exchange Talk "My Life In Dancing"
On May 11th Carlos will be talking about his career, from growing up in Cuba to becoming one of the world's most iconic dancers, in a talk entitled "My Life In Dancing".
"My Life In Dancing" is part of the The Prudential Series: 60 minutes with... series and will take place at China Exchange from 6pm until 7pm on Monday 11th May.
Tickets for Carlos' Brighton Shows Are Now On Sale
On 9th, 10th and 11th July 2015, Carlos will be performing his On Before production at the Brighton Dome. Originally scheduled for two nights, a third night of Saturday 11th July has now been added, allowing for three opportunities to see one of Carlos' most personal works.
On Before is created and danced by Carlos Acosta and Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Zenaida Yanowsky. It has been described by The Times as "the most adventurous and experimental we have seen from him [Carlos].” The show features some of the world's leading dance makers, including Russell Maliphant, Kim Brandstrup, Will Tuckett, Edwaard Liang, Yuri Yanowsky and Miguel Altunaga.
Tickets for all three performances are available from brightondome.org/event/5848/carlos_acosta
Carlos Receives Lifetime Achievement Accolade at National Dance Awards 2015
Carlos, as well as a number of other Royal Ballet artists, were recipients of a variety of accolades at this year's National Dance Awards. Carlos was honoured to receive the De Valois Award for Lifetime Achievement. His Royal Ballet colleague Natalia Osipova won Outstanding Female Performance for her acclaimed performance in Giselle, as well as Best Female Dancer. The Royal Ballet's Francesca Hayward also won, collecting the Emerging Artist Award.
The National Dance Awards are decided by 50 dance critics from across the UK and are now in their 15th year.
You can read more about this news at the Royal Opera House website
Tickets On Sale for Return of Cubanía to Royal Opera House
Carlos will be bringing his Cubanía production back to the Royal Opera House for six dates in July/August 2015. Cubanía is a mixed programme featuring works from leading Cuban artists accompanied by a live Cuban band playing the exuberant "Tocororo Suite". It promises to be "an evening of dance to remember for all fans of Carlos Acosta."
For tickets and more information please visit roh.org.uk/productions/cubania-by-carlos-acosta
Carlos Acosta Special on BBC Four this Boxing Day
This coming Boxing Day BBC Four will be dedicating a whole night to Carlos. Calling itself Carlos Acosta's Cuban Night the evening will feature dance inspired by Cuba and performed and recorded on the main stage of the Royal Opera House in July 2014. Dancers and choreographers from the Royal Ballet, Rambert, Cuban National Ballet and Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, along with Carlos, will explore the varied styles of Cuban contemporary dance. One of the programme's highlights will be a selection of highlights from Carlos's Tocororo Suite, his hugely popular 2003 dance work completely reimagined for the Royal Opera House main stage.
Carlos Acosta's Cuban Night will be shown on BBC Four on Friday 26th December 2014 from 7.30pm until 9pm. More details of the programme can be found at bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04w8351
Carlos Acosta in Australia
Carlos recently appeared in Australia, performing with the Queensland Ballet. While there he was interviewed by Radio National, where he talked about the Foundation, his career and his recent novel, Pig's Foot.
You can listen/download the interview from Radio National's website here.
Carlos' Cubania at Royal Opera House
There are currently just a few tickets left for Carlos' Cubania production at the Royal Opera House in London. There are three productions in total, taking place on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd July 2014.
Cubania is a mixed programme of dance inspired by Carlos' homeland. The production stars Carlos and includes collaborations with Miguel Altunaga, George Céspedes, Alexander Varona, Zenaida Yanowsky and Danza Contemporánea de Cuba.
You can find out more about the show and buy tickets at the Royal Opera House website.
Tickets for On Before at Brighton Dome now on sale
Carlos has been confirmed for two performances of On Before at the Brighton Dome, taking place on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th Jul 2015. The tickets are on sale to Brighton Dome members from Wednesday 11th June 2014 at 10am and on general sale from Friday 11th June at 10am.
On Before is created and danced by Carlos Acosta and 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, Will Tuckett, Edwaard Liang, Yuri Yanowsky and Miguel Altunaga in a framework created by Carlos which tells the story of a doomed relationship between a man and a woman.
The show has a wide-ranging score from Handel to a commission from Cuban composer Omar Puente and culminates in a moving finale featuring the live choral work of Morte Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium.
Here's some of the press' reaction to the show:
“Sophisticated beautifully thought-out work” The Observer
“A journey worth following” The Daily Telegraph
“Dance with beauty and style.” The Guardian
Find out more about the show and buy tickets at brightondome.org/event/5848/carlos_acosta
Lots of Press and Articles for Pig's Foot, Romeo & Juliet and Day of the Flowers
Carlos has been receiving some great press and feature articles recently for his debut novel Pig's Foot, Royal Ballet performance of Romeo & Juliet and starring role in the upcoming film Day of the Flowers. To read some of these articles just follow the links below:
His Great Leap Forward, Sunday Times (24th November 2013) feature by Jasper Rees - this was the cover story of the Sunday Times' Culture supplement and covers Carlos' multiple talents, as choreographer, novelist and actor.
How We Met: Eirene Houston & Carlos Acosta, Independent (24th November 2013) feature by Adam Jacques - article discussing the relationship between Carlos and Eirene Houston, who directed Carlos in Day of the Flowers
Dancer Carlos Acosta on ballet, cinema, and Cuba, The Scotsman (23rd November 2013) feature by Claire Black - article looking at Carlos' transition from ballet star to novelist and actor
Pig’s Foot, Financial Times (22nd November 2013) review by Jude Webber
Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet, The Guardian (22nd November 2013) review by Judith Mackrell
Pig's Foot, Sunday Times (3rd November 2013) review by Claire Lowdon
Carlos' Debut Novel Pig's Foot Reviewed in Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Times
Pig's Foot, Carlos' debut novel, was recently published by Bloomsbury and has already received some great reviews in a number of national newspapers. Follow the links below to read some of these reviews:
Reviews of Opening Performance of Don Quixote at Royal Opera House
Carlos' first production for the Royal Opera House opened on Monday 30th September with his reworking of Don Quixote receiving a number of extremely complimentary reviews in the media. Here is a rundown of some of those reviews:
The Guardian's Judith Mackrell said that "Acosta has elicited a genuine, collective sense of larkiness from his production [of Don Quixote]". Read the full review here.
In The Evening Standard, Lyndsey Winship describes the production as "an enjoyable and exuberant three hours" while also describing Marianela Nuñez's performance as Kitri as bringing "bewitching warmth and down-to-earth humanity to this fantastical folly of a show". Read the full review here.
Finally, the Metro's headline says it all: "Carlos Acosta has pulled off something remarkable with Don Quixote". Read their full review here.
Don Quixote will be running until 6th November at the Royal Opera House. See our events section for a list of all the upcoming performances.
Carlos to 'guest star' in The Queensland Ballet's production of Romeo & Juliet
Carlos has been chosen as one of the guest stars for The Queensland Ballet's production of Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed Romeo & Juliet, set for June/July 2014 in Queensland, Australia. Carlos, as well as other guest stars Tamara Rojo and Steven McRae, will perform opposite Queensland Ballet principals in what is being described as "the crown jewel of [the] season."
You can read a recent news article about this production of Romeo & Juliet and The Queensland Ballet itself at The Australian. More information regarding the production can be found at The Queensland Ballet website
Preview of Don Quixote on BBC News
Carlos discusses the challenge of taking on Don Quixote for his first full-length production at the Royal Opera House in London, revealing what it's like to prepare for a ballet that you will be choreographing, directing and performing in. You can see the interview with Carlos at the BBC News website by clicking here.
You can find out all the dates for Don Quixote on our events page.
Carlos discusses new production of Don Quixote
Don Quixote, Carlos' first work for The Royal Ballet, will be opening soon at the Royal Opera House and here is a video of Carlos talking about the new production:
The new production, a dance adaptation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes, will be running from 30th September until 6th November. See our events section for a list of all the nights that will feature Carlos.
For more informatino about Don Quixote visit the Royal Opera House website.
Classical Selection opens at London Coliseum on Tuesday 30th July - Just a few tickets remaining
Carlos' latest production - a selection of Classical pieces chosen by Carlos to celebrate his 40th year and represent his 25-year career in ballet - will open at London's Coliseum on Tuesday 30th July. There will be five performances in total, with the final of those on Sunday 4th August.
The show is very close to selling out, with just a few restricted viewing seats remaining. We would recommend, for anyone looking to buy one of those tickets, that they call up the Coliseum's Box Office direct on 020 7845 9300 to order their tickets.
You can find out more info about the show at the ENO Website
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.