Fans of dance in London are therefore being treated to their very first glimpse of the Cuban collective, established last year by the one and only Carlos Acosta.
Acosta Danza realises his dream of bringing these artists together to perform new and existing pieces by both Cuban and international choreographers.
Cuba’s isolation has meant its wonderful dancers have been ill-served by much of the choreography available to them due to a woeful lack of influence from international dance-makers.
The founding of Acosta Danza is an optimistic step towards change. Acosta aims to bring a breath of fresh air and innovation to Cuba's dance, eventually inspiring varied collaborations which will pay tribute to the vibrancy of Cuban culture.
The programme, details of which have just been announced, is an intelligent and intriguing combination of works by international choreographers and one Cuban veteran. So, the young New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck, already an up-and-coming name in the international dance panorama, contributes Belles-Lettres, an emotionally-charged piece for nine dancers, performed mostly en pointe.
At the other end of the spectrum, Moroccan-Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, a household name for Sadler's Wells audiences, authors Mermaid, a duet for Carlos Acosta, making a guest appearance with his company, and Marta Ortega.
Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero sought inspiration in the Cuban folk music of Silvio Rodrigues for Imponderable, his new work for 12 dancers.
And the British-based Spaniard Jorge Crecis is the choreographer of the athletic ensemble piece Twelve.
A work by Marianela Boàn, a veteran of Cuba's contemporary dance scene, completes the programme. El Cruce Sobre El Niágara (The Crossing over Niagara) is a duet for two of the company's men.
This first UK outing of Carlos Acosta's new project is varied and hugely ambitious. It provides a challenge for Acosta Danza's immensely talented and versatile dancers and puts down a clear marker of Acosta's determination to push dance in Cuba to new, fresher heights.
|What||Acosta Danza at Sadler's Wells|
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
27 Sep 17 – 30 Sep 17, 19:30 End time TBC Sat mat 14:30
|Website||click here to book via Sadler's Wells website|