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The Next Step For Cuban Dancer Carlos Acosta
Famed Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta may have officially retired from lead roles on stage but his energies are now being directed into his new dance company. So what's next for such a glittering dance star of the stage and does it involve a return to Birmingham?
Carlos Acosta's new company Acosta Danza will perform at Birmingham Hippodrome
Acosta is now focussing on his Cuban-based company, called Acosta Danza, which heads to Birmingham Hippodrome in the Autumn of 2017 for its debut season in the UK.
With a passion for dance, Carlos Acosta will also feature in the show as a special guest when Acosta Danza performs in Birmingham from October 18 to 21.
Ballet and contemporary dance is set to be combined for the hotly-awaited production which features works by Cuban choreographer Marianela Boán along with those created by Spain's Goyo Montero and Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Famed Carlos Acosta as seen in his Farewell Tour at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2016
It was during this time that the 43-year-old dancer built up a relationship with the Hippodrome and made plans to return with dancers that he was nurturing in Cuba. His new company is based in Havana and takes inspiration from its surroundings as well as being influenced by Acosta's long and glittering career as an exceptional ballet dancer.
Acosta became renowned around the world for his grace, technique and athleticism after dancing with the English National Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, to name a few.
The Cuban-born dancer was famously a permanent member of London's The Royal Ballet for much of his career from 1998 up until 2015 and won numerous dance awards worldwide.
His style and finesse has attracted young dancers to his burgeoning company, who want to learn from one of the world's best principal ballet dancers.
Acosta Danza is co-produced with The Movement and Festspielhaus St Pölten and tickets cost from £12.