Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta heads for HK on farewell trip

Local | 28 Apr 2016 4:16 pm

Outstanding Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta will present a programme of classics in Hong Kong before his bids farewell to the stage after a 26-year career.

“A Classical Farewell,’’ will be presented in late June and early July by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It is co-produced by Sadler's Wells and Valid Productions.

The program will feature highlights from his career as a dancer on the international stage.

Acosta will perform excerpts from his favorite ballet repertoire alongside an outstanding cast of dancers from Cuba.

The program includes the pas de deux “Swan Lake", “La Sylphide", “Winter Dreams" and “Diana and Aceteon,’’ as well as Michel Fokine's “Dying Swan,’’ Ben Stevenson's “End of Time,’’ Gustavo Mollajolli's “A Buenos Aires,’’ Ben Van Cauwenbergh's “Je ne regrette rien" and “Les Bourgeois" and Jose Garcia's “Majisimo.’’

Acosta was born in Havana and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba. He later went on to dance with the English National Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Houston Ballet.

He has danced with the world's leading ballet companies and won acclaim for dancing many of the “danseur noble" roles in the repertory, such as Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), The Prince (The Nutcracker), Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty) and Basilio (Don Quixote).

Acosta has received many awards during his career, including an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2007 and a Prix Benois de la Danse in 2008. In 2014 he was made a CBE for his services to ballet.

“A Classical Farewell" will be staged at 7.45pm on June 30, July 1 and 2 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Tickets priced at HK$160, HK$250, HK$340, HK$430 and HK$520 are now available at URBTIX (

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