By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, May 21 — Dance idol Carlos Acosta brings England’s Royal Ballet to Cuba this summer for a series of special performances at Havana’s Grand and Karl Marx Theaters.
“For the first time ever the Royal Ballet will be taking the whole company to dance in Havana, Cuba during their tour in July,” states the dancer’s personal website: http://www.carlosacosta.com.
Acosta said he worked with the Cuban government to organize the “historic event” that includes performances on July 14-18 of Manon (1974) by acclaimed choreographer Kenneth McMillan (1920-1992).
The dancer notes: “None of the McMillan ballets have ever been performed in Cuba. It is going to be a very exciting and unique experience both for the dancers and the Cuban people.”
When asked by CNN in a recent interview in Havana if he misses living in his country, Acosta, who resides in London said: “My heart is here, it’s where I belong. This is a place where I’m not a foreigner, because everything around the city belongs to me. When I come back it reminds me where I really come from.”
Havana Times has covered several ballet performances from the sensitive and precise lens of photographer Caridad. For a look at our Cuban Ballet photo galleries click on: Beauty Invades Havana – http://havanatimes.org/?p=1486 and Cuban National Ballet Special –