Acosta Danza – Evolution
3 March - 11 April

Press Reviews

Sunday Express

★★★★★“Almost as thrilling as the glorious talent on display was the packed house of 1,600 people, a wonderful affirmation that dance is alive and thriving across the land. Much of this is thanks to Carlos Acosta, who retired from classical ballet in 2016. He continues to share and inspire his love for dance through his exceptional young company, which revels in a heady blend of classical and contemporary dance that vibrates with its tropical Cuban roots.”

The Times

★★★(On Impronta) “María Rovira’s Impronta is a solo for a woman — here Zeleidy Crespo — who, undulating and twisting in a Martha Graham-esque long blue dress, embodies a captivating vision of a modern woman paying homage to a revered heritage. Crespo is magnificent.”

The Evening Standard

★★★★ “This fledgling troupe, 20-strong and multi-disciplined, capable of tackling everything from hip-hop to flamenco, takes from (Carlos Acosta) more than just his name — it’s a company moulded in his image: generous of spirit, explosive, full of charisma.”

The Times

★★★★ “This is a company worth seeking out for its strength, buoyancy and versatility”

The Times

★★★★ (On Faun) “…a rapturously physical illustration of desire animal and divine.”

The Guardian

★★★★ (On Rooster) “This is a formal work, exactingly technical, fast and full of steps, but the dancers fly through it and …here is Acosta, brimming with charisma. He’s still got the moves, the charm and a command of the stage. The man is irresistible.”

The Guardian

★★★★ “Carlos Acosta’s Havana-based troupe makes no wrong steps in this charming, evocative and sharply technical mixed bill.”

The Daily Telegraph

★★★ (On Carlos Acosta) “The former Royal Ballet star principal remains in Greek-god shape, as charismatic as ever, and can still erupt into motion with startling acceleration and sweep a woman off her feet as if she were as light as candyfloss”

The Daily Telegraph

★★★ (On Paysage, Soudain, la nuit) “This piece has an atmosphere – and a movement quality – that no company from these shores could ever hope to generate. Coming across as being as much fun to perform as it is to watch, and as a distant, Cuban cousin of Jerome Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering, it is exactly the sort of showpiece that this fine troupe should do more of.”

The Observer

★★★★ “What’s impressive is that all the dancers move fluently from street moves to contemporary to ballet; they are forging a style that has hints of them all, and they look confident and vital.”

Dance Tabs

★★★★ “It’s thrilling to see the building confidence of Carlos Acosta’s Cuban-based dance company. There’s a sense of cohesion, shared purpose and a unique identity drawn from a vibrant range of influences.”

Culture Whisper

★★★★ “This is an impressive Debut indeed”

The Independent

★★★★ “Acosta’s new company balances Cuban roots with a sense of adventure”

Evening Standard

★★★★ “Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for Acosta’s exhilarating Cuban trip. A striking show”

The Guardian

“Its 14 dancers have already gelled into a bright, formidable force”

The Times

“The line-up of dancers is versatile and very impressive indeed”

The Observer

“The programme of five ballets stretches the dancers to the limit of their abilities, it gives us a good idea of their potential”

Daily Telegraph

“Eccentric and energetic debut by an immensely likeable new company”

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