Acosta Danza has now ceased to be a novelty and become established as a name to reckon with in the international dance scene. Its new programme, Evolution, which comes to Sadler’s Wells in the Autumn prior to a UK tour early in 2020, presents an interesting mix of Cuban and international work.
When it comes to crowd pleasers, they don’t come much more rousing than Christopher Bruce’s Rooster. For many years a staple of Rambert’s repertoire, Rooster is a witty and energetic retro series of dances to popular Rolling Stones numbers, the boys preening and showing off, the girls gently mocking them even while playing along.
Rooster is a perfect fit for these dancers’ sass, playfulness and athleticism, and has the added attraction of a guest appearance by Carlos Acosta.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui should be well know to Culture Whisper readers. The prolific, much in demand choreographer created Faun 10 years ago inspired by Nijinsky’s L’Aprés-Midi d’un Faun.
Chearkaoui’s Faun, which entered Acosta Danza’s repertoire last year, is an intense duet that retains Debussy’s original score with additional music by Nitin Sawhney, and costumes by Hussein Chalayan.
Paysage, Soudain, la nuit (pictured up top) comes from the exciting young Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and is his take on Cuban culture, particularly the unique sound of the rumba. Lidberg took as his starting point a score from the acclaimed Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, augmented by music by Swedish composer Stefan Levin, to create a celebration of youth between twilight and dawn.
The set for Paysage, Soudain, la nuit includes an installation, Vientos by the Cuban artist Elizabet Cerviño; and to say we are eagerly looking forward to it would be an understatement.
A work by the Cuban choreographer Raúl Reinoso, Satori, completes the programme.
|What||Acosta Danza, Evolution, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
18 Nov 19 – 23 Nov 19, 19:30 Thu & Sat mats 14:30 Dur.: 2 hours 5 mins inc two intervals
|Price||£15-£85 (+booking fee)|
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