Six-venue Spring tour opens at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 9 February 2022
A sense of excitement was in the air for the first night of Acosta Danza’s 100% Cuban opening night of their UK tour at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.
The programme of five works, includes three UK premieres, showing off the amazing flexibility of the dancers The highlight of the evening has to go to the contortionist Zaleidy Crespo who danced Impronta with such amazing flexibility and grace. Created especially for her the piece, choreographed by Maria Rovira, brought together modern and contemporary dance in an evocation of folk dances of Afro-Cuban heritage.
The evening finished on a high note with De Punta a Cabo, created by Alexis Fernández (Maca) for Acosta Danza’s debut season in 2016. A piece for twelve dancers, has a backdrop of the Malecón, a broad esplanade and seawall stretching eight kilometres along the Havana coastline. Maca shares his impressions of contemporary Cuba – a country full of contrasts, traditional and modern, poverty and development, beauty and ugliness.
While it’s possible to just enjoy the agility of the performers, each dance also has a philosophy behind it which gives more depth to the enjoyment of the occasion.
Created by Carlos Acosta, the aim of the Carlos Acosta Dance Academy is to transform the lives of young, talented dancers who would not otherwise have had the opportunity. Students join the Academy at the age of 15 or 16, and train to develop their technique in ballet and allied dance genres – a place for experimentation and exchange in dance, where students also learn from guest artists.
100% Cuban is part of the Dance Consortium, a consortium of 18 theatres, whose mission is to bring the best international contemporary dance to audiences across the UK.