On Before UK Tour Announced for July and August 2021

On Before is one of the most unique shows I have ever created and danced. It holds a very special place in my heart because I created it to pay homage to my beloved late mother, it is very heartfelt and deeply personal.

I am thrilled and honoured to be collaborating with Stephen Crocker and his team at Norwich Theatre for what is their first ever touring production and I look forward to welcoming you back to our theatres.

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th July
Norwich Theatre Royal

Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd July
The Lowry, Salford

Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th August
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th August
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Remaining Dates of Acosta Danza's Evolution Tour Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

In the light of the advice from Government that theatres should close for the foreseeable future, performances of Evolution by Acosta Danza, and presented by Dance Consortium, in Brighton, Canterbury, Salford, Plymouth, Newcastle and Nottingham, will not now go ahead.

If you have purchased tickets for a performance in Brighton, Canterbury, Salford, Plymouth, Newcastle or Nottingham the theatre will be in touch with you regarding refunds. Many of the theatres who are members of Dance Consortium are independent charities which receive no funding, so any support you might be able to give to your local theatres in these difficult times would be much appreciated.

Acosta Danza look forward to returning to the UK in 2021

Press for Acosta Danza Evolution in Norwich and Birmingham

Lots of good reviews coming in for the Acosta Danza Evolution shows in Norwich and Birmingham. See the links below:

Brum geta Carlos Acosta preview before he takes up new Brum role (12 Nov 19) Bromsgrove Standard

Acosta Danza Evolution at Birmingham Hippodrome – Review (11 Nov 19) Weekend Notes

Review: Carlos Acosta, Birmingham Hippodrome (11 Nov 19) The Birmingham Press

Acosta Danza’s Evolution: Birmingham Hippodrome (11 Nov 19) Behind The Arras

Carlos Acosta: ‘I realised that if I wanted a company that didn’t look like any other, the only way was to tap into the essence of Cuba’ (29 Oct 19) The List

REVIEW: Evolution, Acosta Danza, Theatre Royal Norwich (29 Oct 19) Lynn News

Carlos Acosta interview: ‘I didn’t adore ballet at the beginning — then I realised I could be somebody’ (28 Oct 19) Evening Standard

Dance superstar Carlos Acosta brings two shows to Theatre Royal (28 Oct 19) Eastern Daily Press

Full dates of all upcoming shows can be found on our Events page

Dates announced for upcoming Acosta Danza shows across the UK (Feb-Apr 2020)

We can confirm that Carlos' Cuban company Acosta Danza will be performing a series of shows in the UK in 2020. To begin with, the company will perform their Up Close show at London's Linbury Theatre from 13th until 24th February 2020. Following that, Acosta Danza will take their Evolution repertoire across the UK in March and April.

Full dates of all upcoming shows can be found on our Events page

YULI, Biopic of Carlos' life, also starring Carlos, in UK Cinemas from April 3

YULI is a new film based on Carlos’s autobiography NO WAY HOME – A CUBAN DANCER’S STORY, his story of growing up in Cuba, becoming a dancer, moving to London and his relationship with his father, his family and his country.

YULI will be screening on April 3rd as part of a live film event from the Royal Opera House cinecast to UK and Irish cinemas, which will include a live Q&A with Carlos Acosta, Icíar Bollaín and Paul Laverty.

The film will be in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from April 12th.

Find out all screening details at

YULI had its World Premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award. It has gone on to receive five nominations for the Spanish ‘Goya’ awards including Best New Actor for Carlos Acosta, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The cast includes Carlos playing himself and introduces Edilson Manuel Olbera playing Carlos as a boy, Keyvin Martinez who plays Carlos as a young man and Santiago Alfonso as his father.

Watch the trailer below:

Carlos has been appointed as the Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. He will take up the appointment from January 2020.

Carlos says of the appointment: It is a tremendous honour and privilege to have been appointed to lead Birmingham Royal Ballet from January 2020. I am a great admirer of its heritage and of what David Bintley has done to establish it as one of the country’s leading classical ballet companies, following on from the wonderful foundations laid down by Sir Peter Wright. My ambition is to build on its classical traditions, to expand its repertoire and to reach out to new and more diverse audiences. I want to define what it is to be a world leading classical ballet company in the 21st century.

Alongside this exciting opportunity, my commitment to Acosta Danza and the Carlos Acosta International Dance Foundation remain unwavering I believe that my appointment as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet can only enhance and develop the opportunities I can bring to both, and that in turn, that experience will aid my development of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Acosta Danza to take part in World Ballet Day Live 2018

In what has become one of our favourite days of the year, World Ballet Day Live will return for its 5th edition, taking place this year on Tuesday 2nd October 2018. Organised by The Australian Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet, the aim of the day is to celebrate ballet throughout the world, and this year's line-up clearly reflects this aim.

This year's event will feature exclusive live-streamed footage from Acosta Danza in Havana, Cuba, and that is all we can say right now. The full schedule for the day will be announced soon. Check the Facebook Event to stay abreast of the latest updates.

Watch the trailer for the event below:

Carlos is Returning to the Stage to Mark 30 Years in Dance (1988-2018)

Carlos will be returning to the Royal Albert Hall this October to celebrate his thirty years as a dancer in Carlos Acosta - A Celebration. Following his retirement from classical ballet Carlos will be performing a selection of other favourite and specially commissioned pieces in a wonderful new programme.

Carlos Acosta - A Celebration is at the Royal Albert Hall for four performances only from 2nd to 5th October. The programme will feature a full company of dancers and is accompanied by a live orchestra.

Book your tickets now at the Royal Albert Hall website.

Reviews for Acosta Danza Production at Sadler's Wells in London

Acosta Danza, Carlos' new company featuring some of the best dancers Cuba has to offer, was recently in London for a run of shows at Sadlers Wells from the 27th until the 30th of September. Below are some of the reviews that the show received during this run:

The Times
The Independent
The Stage
The Guardian
The Telegraph
Evening Standard

Acosta Danza Featured in The Guardian as 'Must-See Dance Show of 2017'

Carlos' latest project Acosta Danza, featuring some of Cuba's finest dancers, was recently featured in The Guardian as one of their "Must-See Dance Show of 2017".

The Guardian's Judith Mackrell had this to say about the project: "Acosta Danza has an ambitious brief, combining classical and contemporary influences and showcasing Cuba’s fizzing dance culture within a wider international context."

You can read the article in full at The Guardian

Worldwide Tour Dates Announced for Carlos' New Project 'Acosta Danza'

Following his ballet career, Carlos is proud to be launching his new company, Acosta Danza, in the UK and Europe with a number of tour dates.

Based in Havana, Acosta Danza features the best dancers Cuba has to offer who have trained in both ballet and contemporary dance styles. On their 2017 tour they will perform new and existing pieces by Cuban choreographers who have rarely been seen outside the country, as well performing new pieces from international choreographers who have taken inspiration from their iconic nation.

For their first UK and European tour, in which Carlos will make a guest appearance, they will perform works by Cuban choreographer Marianela Boán, Spanish dance-maker Goyo Montero and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

For full details of the tour, which includes performances in England, Scotland, Poland, Russia, Norway and Austria, see our Performances page.

Carlos To Make His Swansong at Special Royal Albert Hall Performance

Carlos will perform the final shows of his A Classical Farewell tour at the Royal Albert Hall, on 3rd – 7th October 2016.

Amazingly, Carlos first performed at the Royal Albert Hall at a fundraising event to support farmers following the 'Foot and Mouth' crisis in April 2001, over 15 years ago.

For his final performance at the Royal Ballet – a self-choreographed production of Carmen – Carlos received 20 minutes of thunderous applause. These shows at the Royal Albert Hall will offer fans the chance once more to see Carlos in action before he hangs up his ballet shoes for good.

Tickets and info for the Royal Albert Hall shows are available at

Upcoming Radio and TV Appearances for Carlos in December

Carlos will be appearing on a number of upcoming radio and TV programmes to promote his forthcoming shows at London's Coliseum.

3/12/15 - Carlos will be on BBC Radio 4 programme Front Row on Thursday 3rd December at 7.15pm. Find more details of the show at

6/12/15 - Carlos will be on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch on Sunday 6th Dec. More details at

8/12/15 - finally on Tuesday 8th December he will feature on BBC One's Imagine programme at 22.35. More details at

Carlos To Appear On BBC's The One Show on 26th November 2015

Carlos will be joining Alex Jones and Matt Baker for an appearance on The One Show tonight (Thursday 26th November 2015) to talk about his farewell tour.

The One Show is on BBC One from 7pm until 7.30pm. You can find out more about tonight's broadcast at

Still Some Tickets Left for Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection at London Coliseum (8 - 13 Dec 2015)

Carlos will be presenting a programme of works at the London Coliseum from Tuesday 8th December until Sunday 13th December 2015, and there are still some select tickets remaining.

Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection is a celebration of Carlos' 26 years as a dancer on the international stage, and features some of his favourite pieces from the classical repertoire, including extracts of Vaganova’s Diana ∓ Acteon, Bournonville’s La Sylphide, MacMillan's Winter Dreams and Balanchine's Agon. These performances at the London Coliseum will give audiences the chance to see Carlos perform alongside guests from The Royal Ballet.

Tickets for Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection are available from both the ENO website and Sadler's Wells

Carlos' Farewell Royal Ballet Performance To Be Screened in UK Cinemas on November 12th

On Thursday November 12th 2015 audiences across the UK and around the world will have the chance to see Carlos in his final ever performance for the Royal Ballet, as his adaptation of Bizet's Carmen (part of a mixed programme of four productions) will be screened live in cinemas across the country and worldwide, including Odeon, Vue as well as other smaller or independent screens, for what will be an emotional and truly memorable evening.

Carlos' new ballet on Carmen, Bizet’s tragic tale of jealousy and desire will conclude a mixed programme, that also includes works by Liam Scarlett, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine.

Details of the final performance, as well as a Screening Search to find cinemas showing this unique and emotional evening can be found at

You can watch a trailer for the performance below:

'Carlos Acosta at the Royal Ballet' Commemorative Hardback Book Now Available

To celebrate Carlos' farewell season at the Royal Ballet a special photo-led book has been published, providing an exciting retrospective of his greatest performances with the Royal Ballet, documenting his success and popularity since joining the company in 1998.

Carlos Acosta at the Royal Ballet contains tributes from three successive Royal Ballet Directors; Sir Anthony Dowell, Dame Monica Mason and the present Royal Ballet Director Kevin O'Hare; Associate Director Jeanetta Lawrence and various dancers of the Royal Ballet.

The photographs - of which there are over 150, showing Carlos both on stage and in rehearsal - take in such memorable productions as Don Quixote, Requiem, Apollo, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille Mal Gardee, Sleeping Beauty, Judas Tree and Winter Dreams, as well as many more.

Carlos Acosta at the Royal Ballet is available from the Royal Opera House online shop and Amazon

Tickets for 'Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection' On Sale

To celebrate twenty-four years as a dancer on the London stage, Carlos has put together a programme with friends from The Royal Ballet, presenting some of his favourite pieces from the classical repertoire.

The show, entitled Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection, will take place at London's Coliseum from December 8th until December 13th. For the performances Carlos will be joined by Marianela Nunez, Zenaida Yanowsky, Yuhui Choe, Tierney Heap, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Thiago Soares, Valeri Hristov, Nehemiah Kish and the ENO Orchestra conducted by Paul Murphy.

Ticket information can be found at

Carlos' Novel 'Pig's Foot' Now Available In French

Carlos' debut novel Pig's Foot has now been translated into French - under the title of La Cachette Du Diable - and is available to buy from a number of booksellers in France. See the front cover below:

You can read an excerpt from the book via Flipbook

La Cachette Du Diable is available from the following retailers:






Find out more about Pig's Foot here

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.

You can find out more information about the event at the China Exchange. Tickets are available from Eventbrite.

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

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

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

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

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:

Daily Mail (24th October 2013) review by Claire Colvin

Daily Telegraph (26th October 2013) feature by Jane Shilling

Daily Telegraph (26th October 2013) review by Jane Shilling

The Guardian (26th October 2013) feature by Emine Saner

The Times (26th October 2013) review by Kate Saunders

The Guardian (30th October 2013) review by Diana Evans

The Independent (1st November 2013) review by Peter Carty

The Spectator (2nd November 2013) review by Ian Thomson

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.

Click here for more information about the book.

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

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

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:

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

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!

Carlos Acosta by Nigel Cox

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.

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