NEWS: Programme Announced for Carlos Acosta: A Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall

Marking the internationally acclaimed dancer’s 30 year career, the programme for Carlos Acosta’s upcoming performances at the Royal Albert Hall has been announced. 


Performing at the Royal Albert Hall from the 2nd to the 5th October, Carlos Acosta has confirmed the programme that he will be performing alongside his company Acosta Danza for four performances only.

The programme is a celebration of thirty years as a professional dancer as well as marking Acosta’s return to the London stage following retirement from classical ballet in 2016.

The repertoire is set to include  the UK premieres of Christopher Bruce’s  Rooster including songs recorded by The Rolling Stones and Alrededor no hay nada by Goyo Montero, together with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s critically acclaimed Mermaidand a reworked version of Acosta’s Carmen full of Latin influences and accompanied by a live orchestra.

Mermaid will be performed by Carlos Acosta and Marta Ortega. It will see Marta Ortega as the mermaid herself, who is looking for help and guidance provided by Carlos Acosta.

Meanwhile, Alrededor no hay nada will be performed by the Acosta Danza, choreographed by Goyo Montero. The piece was restaged at the invitation of Carlos Acosta and Acosta Danza in 2015 and reflects Motero’s personal dedication to the voices of poets, songwriters and composers such as Joaquín Sabina and Vinícius de Moraes.

Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce is a celebration of the music and times of some of The Rolling Stones’ most iconic tracks, the 1960s and ‘70s. It will be  performed by Carlos Acosta and Danza Acosta together. Talking about the piece Christopher Bruce said: “In my teens and twenties I lived with these songs. I have taken eight tracks and linked them with themes present in the lyrics. Taking Little Red Rooster as my starting point, I have created preening cockerels that symbolise the stylish but chauvinistic young men of my youth. Meanwhile, for the most part, the women look on with ironic amusement at the male posturing. The result is something of a battle of the sexes.”

Finally, Carlos Acosta will present his interpretation of Bizet and Mérimée’s story of Carmen. In his version, the story of  Don José and Carmen is stripped bare in a sparse setting.

Carlos Acosta: A Celebration will take place at the Royal Albert Hall from the 2nd to the 5th October. For more information visit:

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