Carlos Acosta’s Acosta Danza heading to Salford in 2017

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Carlos Acosta has, this morning, announced a UK tour for Acosta Danza – the dance company he founded after retiring from The Royal Ballet last year.

The company will perform at Sadler’s Wells in late September 2017 before embarking on a UK tour – including The Lowry – with the internationally acclaimed ballet star himself making a guest appearance as part of the programme for the inaugural season.

Under his artistic directorship, Acosta Danza is based in Havana and features a mixture of the finest ballet and contemporary dancers Cuba has to offer. Launching at a time when Cuba is opening up to the world, Acosta Danza highlights the vibrancy and richness of Cuban culture and its artists.

The Company’s debut programme includes work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, as well as Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero and Cuban choreographer Marianela Boan.

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Following the UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells, and in addition to the run in Salford, the tour will take in Birmingham, Southampton, Brighton and Edinburgh, with further cities to be announced.

Internationally, the company will perform at Lodz Festival in Poland, Chekhov Festival in Russia, and at Festspielhaus St Pölten.

Carlos Acosta said: “Acosta Danza has been founded with the intention of paying tribute to the wealth of Cuban culture. The Company will develop its contemporary work, whilst also using elements of classical ballet. It is an aspiration that has grown out of my vision as an artist, incorporating all that I have learned during the past twenty-five years of my professional career.”

Acosta Danza’s UK tour is funded by The Movement, a dance producing partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry and Sadler’s Wells. Supported by Arts Council England, The Movement aims to nurture talent and bring large scale dance productions to even wider audiences.