Cuban Carlos Acosta’s exuberant work aims high — and it almost delivers, says David Dougill for The Sunday Times
Tocororo — A Cuban Tale, at Sadler’s Wells, stars one of the most brilliant male ballet dancers in the world today, Carlos Acosta. It is a show of his own devising, his first venture into choreography, and the story it tells is inspired by his own life. Acosta’s rags-to-riches history is extraordinary: the youngest in a large, poor, black Cuban family, mad on football and break dancing, sent by his truck-driver father to ballet school to keep him out of trouble. He hated ballet to begin with, then got hooked, was determined to become the best, and did. click for more
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Carlos Acosta's fable of poor boy making good in Havana mirrors his own rise to international acclaim. By Jann Parry
in The Observer
Carlos Acosta's sultry summer show is packing them in at the Wells for its two-week run. At the end of the 80-minute performance, the vintage cream-and-red Chevrolet Belair outside the theatre's front door is surrounded by happy punters drinking rum punch, handed out for free during these hot nights.
Tocororo - A Cuban Tale is authentically Cuban, if not quite fresh from Havana. After its February premiere at the Gran Teatro de la Habana, attended by Fidel Castro, the show was put on ice until the London season. Acosta has, meanwhile, been performing with the Royal Ballet, where he (like Sylvie Guillem) is now a regular guest principal dancer. click for more
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