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VIDEO: Meet Acosta Danza Artistic Director Carlos Acosta

International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta-who has graced all the major stages with The Royal Ballet of London, American Ballet Theatre, and Houston Ballet-returned to his hometown of Havana and assembled the finest performers from the worlds of contemporary dance and classical ballet to form his own company, Acosta Danza.
"At a time when access to Cuba is uncertain, it is important to provide a platform for this country's remarkable performers by bringing them to the United States," said Stanford Makishi, City Center VP of Programming. "We are thrilled that our audiences will be able to see firsthand what these exceptional artists are creating in contemporary Cuba."

The mainstage performances begin Wednesday, April 25, with the US debut of Acosta Danza, international ballet star Carlos Acosta's new Havana-based company. The City Center program features Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero's Alrededor no hay nada and Cuban choreographer Marianela Boán's intense two-man duet El Cruce sobre el Niágara. Raúl Reinoso's Nosotros features live musical accompaniment from cellist Cicely Parnas and pianist José Gavilondo and Acosta himself will perform in a new duet by Belgium-based Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Mermaid, about a tipsy encounter between strangers. The program concludes with Twelve from Madrid's Jorge Crecis-a fast-paced frenzy that utilizes glow sticks, water bottles, and immaculate timing to explore the limits of the human body.

Closing the Festival (April 28) is an evening of Afro-Cuban music curated by and featuring five-time Grammy Award winner Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, with special guests including tap artist Ayodele Casel, Havana rapper Telmary Diaz, jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca, singer Omara Portuondo, trumpet player Yasek Manzano Silva, and Camerata Romeu, the first all-female string orchestra in Latin America.

Tickets start at $25 ($15 for talks and master classes; $20 for kickoff event) and can be purchased online at, by calling 212.581.1212, or in person at the City Center Box Office. New York City Center is located at 131 W 55th St, between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

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