Carlos Acosta, Royal Ballet in Cuba

By Circles Robinson

Carlos Acosta, photo: Gavin Evans/
Carlos Acosta, photo: Gavin Evans/

HAVANA TIMES, July 12 – Carlos Acosta, Cuba’s most famous male ballet dancer, is home in Havana along with the famous London Royal Ballet.

Acosta, and the prestigious company, are in the Cuban capital for five sell out performances starting Tuesday; three at the colonial Garcia Lorca Grand Theater on July 14-16, and two at the more modern 5,000 seat Karl Marx Theater on July 17-18.

Ballet is big time in Cuba and with the demand to see Acosta unlimited, the local cultural authorities have decided to put giant screens outside the theater so nobody is left out.

The Royal Ballet is dedicating its performances to Cuba’s legendary ballerina Alicia Alonso, 88, today the director of the Cuban National Ballet.

Havana Success Story

The son of a truck-driver and one of 11 children, Carlos Acosta grew up in a cramped Havana apartment, states his website:

Carlos Acosta, photo: Gavin Evans/

“He played truant from school and dreamed of being a professional footballer.   His father however had other ideas and the fear of his wayward son becoming a delinquent prompted his father to send him off to ballet school age nine.  He has not looked back since,” states his biography.

Acosta has lived outside of Cuba for most of the last 17 years but every time he returns to Havana he feels right at home, breathing the air that has inspired him since his childhood.  In a recent extensive interview with CNN for their My City My Life feature: Acosta tells what makes Cuba so dear to him and gives insight into the roots of his climb to fame.

Havana Times Coverage

Havana Times photographer Caridad has given ballet enthusiasts a treat with recent coverage of events in the capital.  She is planning to delight you once again with photos of the Royal Ballet and its star performer Carlos Alonso.

To see previous HT ballet photos: and

Watch Acosta’s interview with CNN’s program My City My Life bellow:

3 thoughts on “Carlos Acosta, Royal Ballet in Cuba

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  • We will be posting the first photos in the next three or four hours. There will then be more on Friday.

  • Hi,

    Do you have anyone covering the Royal Ballet performances in English ? Do you have any pictures or reviews from the first performances ?

    If you do, please could you post on my blog, as we are all awaiting news of the company in Cuba. Thank you !

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