The great ballet dancer goes contemporary

Carlos Acosta, world ballet star, opted for a selection of contemporary pieces for the premiere in Havana (April 8) of his company, Acosta Danza, delighting a full house gathered in the Lorca Hall of the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana.

It could be said that the new director went for a safe bet as the curtains were drawn back on the first piece, Alrededor no hay nada, choreography, costume and lighting by Goyo Montero of Spain, who received a standing ovation.

The piece doesn’t use music, but rather the dancers accompany the inflections in the voices of Joaquín Sabina and Vinícius de Moraes, as they recite their poetry. There are ten dancers on stage, each with a different story to tell, and in the absence of music, as Montero himself said, “They dance to the voice.”

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