Carlos Acosta - With Guests
From: Wednesday, 22nd July 2009
To: Saturday, 25 July 2009
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Carlos was trained through the Cuban state ballet system and danced at the Bolshoi when he was just 16. He is now acknowledged globally as one of the finest dancers of his generation.
10 July 2009
Reviewed at The Lowry, Manchester
Carlos Acosta's return to the MIF is in contrast to his 2007 performance. It is more intimate in scale and classical rather than contemporary in nature. It also benefits from the participation of the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Andre de Ridder. A series of dances are used to examine - with charm and surprising humour - the sources of inspiration for dancers.
'Afternoon of a Faun' tackles head-on the suggestion that the main inspiration is narcissistic self-regard. The humorous dance, choreographed by Jerome Robbins concerns two dancers (Acosta and Begona Cao) whose flirtation is interrupted by them constantly regarding their reflections in the studio mirror. Debussy's music is perfect for both Acosta's drowsy cat-like stretching and Cao's limber slinky movements. It makes clear that acting is part of dance. We are never sure if Acosta's beaming smile is an awareness of his growing affection for his partner or just pleasure in ...
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