Carlos Acosta

(b. 1973)

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(b Havana, 2 Jun. 1973)

Cuban dancer and director. He studied at the National Ballet School of Cuba from 1983, then at Pinar del Rio. He worked with several companies in S. America and Italy, winning a gold medal at Lausanne in 1990, and in 1991 he joined English National Ballet as principal. In 1992 he joined National Ballet of Cuba and in 1993 moved to Houston Ballet where he created the role of Misgir in Stevenson's The Snow Maiden (1998). A classic product of Cuban training, with exceptional elevation, virtuoso pirouette technique, and an insouciant onstage charm Acosta rapidly became one of his generation's busiest and most popular male dancers, guesting with companies around the world. Since 1998 he has been most closely associated with the Royal Ballet, as principal and subsequently guest principal, and with that company has expanded his repertory of classical and modern roles, performing in many of the MacMillan ballets as well as creating roles in works by Page, Brandstrup, and Tuckett and performing Brighella in the company's revival of Tetley's Pierrot Lunaire. In 2007 Acosta danced Spartacus with the Bolshoi Ballet in both Moscow and London. In 2003 he choreographed his first work Tocororo and in 2006 directed the first of several programmes of ballet. His autobiography No Way Home was published in 2007.

http://www.carlosacosta.com. Website for Carlos Acosta

Subjects: Dance.

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