Our Review: Acosta Danza

We visited Sadler’s Wells on 20 November to see Acosta Danza’s Evolution, a collection of works celebrating the company’s native country of Cuba. The programme is made up of vastly different works, each bringing their own unique flavour of Cuban culture to the stage.

Paysage, Soudain, la nuit choreographed by Pontus Lidberg, kicked things off, transporting everyone from cold London to sunny Cuba. Set to a gently lilting Cuban rumba, we watched as the sun rose and set over a field of wheat, while the dancers weaved and flowed among each other. It was like being at a party, where the joy of the celebrations happening on the stage washed over the audience, too.

Up next was Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun. The glowing, golden wheat field of the previous piece was replaced with a dark forest and the pair of dancers were no longer human, but animals of the forest, exploring and playing. This was far more intimate than Paysage, Soudain, la nuit, as though the dancers were completely unaware that they were performing to a packed auditorium.

The evening was rounded off with the Christopher Bruce classic, Rooster. The music of the Rolling Stones inspired the cheeky choreography, as the dancers, garbed in dandy suits and Mary Quant-esque dresses, strutted their stuff. There was even a guest appearance from Carlos Acosta himself and Acosta was by far the standout star of this piece, charming the audience with smiles, winks and flourishes.

Evolution is so diverse, it’s tough to pick a favourite piece! There’s something for everyone, from the classic rock fans to the contemporary dance fans. It’s well worth a watch, even if you’re new to Acosta Danza or even to dance – you won’t be disappointed.

Acosta Danza’s Evolution hits Mayflower Theatre’s stage 3 – 4 March 2020.

 
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