HAVANA, CUBA.- The first Cuba tour of dancer Carlos Acosta and his guests wrapped up Tuesday with an acclaimed performance at Havana’s Great Theater.
Acosta danced End of Time accompanied by Viengsay Valdes, prima ballerina of Ballet Nacional de Cuba (BNC), and the solo Suite of Dances, both performed for the first time in the Cuban capital.
Cara o Cruz (Heads or Tails), a choreography by Jorge Abril as masterly performed by Laura Rios, a dancer with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba.
The program, which didn’t include any of the great classics, showed the beauty and recognition of contemporary dance.
The public gave Valdes and Acosta a standing ovation for their performance of Je ne regretted rien and Les Bourgeois (Los burgueses), as the two dancers boasted their polished technique and seduction on the scene.
The last choreography in the program danced by Acosta was Two, in which his brilliant performance was highlighted by the lights and music that added a perfect touch to Ruselle Malphant’s work.
Intimidad (Intimacy) and Balada de amor adolescentes (Love Ballad for Teenagers) were the opening and closing choreographies of the tour that took Acosta to five Cuban provinces, starting on the east in Santiago de Cuba and all the way to the western part of the country through Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Pinar del Río and lastly Havana.
In the theater were Minister of Culture Abel Prieto, President of the Cuban Association of Writers and Artists UNEAC, Miguel Barnet; and Literature Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, among other personalities.