NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL
Public Arts Programme
Programme ID: PAP014458
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Following an exceptional career, acclaimed international ballet superstar Carlos Acosta brings his company, Acosta Danza to da:ns festival for its first performance in Singapore.
Raised in an impoverished district of Havana, Acosta’s talent and drive fuelled a meteoric rise that saw him become the first Cuban principal dancer of London’s Royal Ballet and one of the most celebrated dancers in the world. This international mixed bill includes works that pay tribute to Acosta’s Cuba and presents the exceptional talent from his beloved country. Dancers from the company combine both classical and contemporary dance effortlessly, imbibed with Cuba’s rich musical and dance influences.
In the programme are two enchanting duets on mythical creatures by the renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with Mermaid featuring a rare appearance by Acosta dancing himself. Acosta plays a man who engages in a tryst with a tipsy mermaid on pointe. With fluid virtuosity, she slithers like a human wave around Acosta’s deft partnering. The second duet, Faun, is Cherkaoui’s tribute to the 1912 ballet by Vaslav Nijinsky. The reprised dance of desire between a faun and a forest nymph takes on a new lithe, loose-limbed strangeness. The original Debussy score has been framed in a multi-layered soundscape with electronic and South Asian undertones.
In Paysage, Soudain, La Nuit (Landscape, Suddenly, The Night) Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg connects to the soul of Cuba. The light and lively piece is set in a field at twilight, its playful choreography pulsing with the rhythms of the Cuban Rumba as dancers spin and leap in through buoyant ensembles and duets. The programme is rounded out with the energetic Alrededor No Hay Nada (Everywhere there is nothing, or Nothing is everywhere) by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero. The ensemble moves through a series of dramatic tableaux coloured with jumps and acrobatic lifts, sliding and leaping in and out of light and darkness to spoken poems and jazz songs in Spanish. Montero is no stranger to Havana, and this choreography expresses the vibrance and poetry of the city’s contrasts of rich and poor, sadness and exuberance, and the joy of being alive.
With the support of Sadler’s Wells in London, Acosta Danza is driven by Acosta’s vision to give the next generation of Cuban dancers world-class opportunities. The company has received international ovations as an exciting new force in dance.
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