Review Roundup: Carlos Acosta: A Classical Selection @London Coliseum

Carlos Acosta and friends dazzle in this rich and varied programme focusing on his favourite pieces from the classical repertoire – but what did the critics think? 


The Guardian: **** Judith Mackrell said: “Acosta’s artistry also shines in Les Bourgeois, a drunken solo setting of the classic Jacques Brel song. I hate drunks in ballet – the jokes are always the same – but Acosta performs this bleary, swaggering, garrulous piece with such pitch-perfect detail that it is genuinely funny and impressive.”

The Telegraph: *** Mark Monahan commented: “In typical Acosta-as-impresario fashion, this Selection turns out to be a decidedly mixed bill, in terms of both performances and choreography.”

The Stage:  ***** Sarah Frater was impressed with the performance saying: “Acosta may be in his early 40s, but his technique, charisma and theatrical allure still outshine all else on stage.”

Gay Star News:  Gareth Johnson said: “While in some ways, the program is a bit of a choppy scrapbook of pieces, there are plenty of classical dance fireworks that are guaranteed to please any audience.”

Love London Love Culture:   The show is a great balance, mixing  traditional ballet with a contemporary form of ballet that will thrill all audiences.”

Overall verdict? A bit of a mixed reaction but no one can fault Acosta’s performance throughout – which was the main point of the evening.

Carlos Acosta: A Classical Selection is on at the London Coliseum until the 13th December 2015. 

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