Acosta Danza

Date:2019-10-14      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Theatre

Dates: October 15 - 16, 2019

About

International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta launched his brand new company Acosta Danza to the world in 2017. Under Carlos’ Artistic Directorship, Acosta Danza is based in Havana and features a mixture of the finest ballet and contemporary dancers Cuba has to offer. As a further enhancement to this tremendous new creative venture, Carlos is also making a guest appearance in the company’s new programme for its inaugural season in 2017/18.

Launching at a time when Cuba is opening up to the world, Acosta Danza shines a light on the vibrancy and richness of Cuban culture and its artists. The Company’s repertoire includes existing and new work by Cuban choreographers, as well as works by world-renowned dance-makers who make pieces inspired by this incredible country.

Programme

PAYSAGE, SOUDAIN, LA NUIT
Duration: 17 mins
Premiere: 6 April 2018 Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso
Choreography: Pontus Lidberg
Music: Leo Brouwer (Cuban Landscape with Rumba) and Stefan Levin (Cuban Landscape)
Playwright and choreography assistant: Adrian Silver
Scenography: Elizabet Cerviño
Costume Design: Karen Young
Lighting Design: Patrik Bogårdh

The Swedish choreographer approaches Cuban culture through Rumba, a genre of traditional Cuban music with African roots. The score by Leo Brouwer, one of the most important Cuban composers, is the starting point that Lidberg and Stefan Levin developed to create a celebration of youth between twilights and dawns. The artistic installation "Vientos" by the Cuban Elizabet Cerviño is used on stage.

IMPONDERABLE
Duration: 25 mins
Choreography: Goyo Montero
Assistant Choreographer: Ivan Gil Ortega
Music by Owen Belton, based on songs by Silvio Rodriguez
Costume designer: Goyo Montero and Archel Angelo Alberto
Lighting designer: Goyo Montero and Olaf Lundt
Number of dancers: 12

Imponderable is a reflection on the incomprehensible, the indescribable and what, as the title says, we cannot measure: the weight of the soul, the spirit. How do we measure an emotion? How do we distill the work so that the public feel that we are speaking directly to them, sometimes as if whispering and sometimes as if we are hammering the ideas home.

Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero has created a new piece for 12 dancers inspired by the music of pre-eminent Cuban folk musician Silvio Rodriguez, known colloquially as ‘The Cuban John Lennon’. Rodriguez is credited as the leader of the nueva trova movement of the 1970s which combines the traditional folk music of the trova (one of the great roots of Cuban music, stemming from groups of itinerant musicians singing self-composed works accompanied on the guitar) with progressive and often politicised themes of post-Revolution Cuban life. For Debut, selected works from Rodriguez’s oeuvre is deconstructed and rearranged by award-winning contemporary Canadian composer Owen Belton, who has created scores for dance companies including Kidd Pivot, BJM Danse, The National Ballet of Canada, The Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet BC, Ballett Frankfurt, Nederlands Dans Theatre and The Cullberg Ballet.

TWELVE
Choreography: Jorge Crecis
Music: Vincenzo Lamagna
Costume Design: Eva Escribano
Lighting: Michael Mannion and Warren Letton
Length: 18 mins
Twelve is a dance-sport piece, a universe regulated by complex mathematical and graphic permutations, a real risk that tests the physical and mental resistance of 12 dancers who have to do the impossible to achieve the impossible.

Twelve is a combination of logic, aesthetics and emotion, a puzzle that plays with the concepts of
success and failure, risk and pragmatism and explores the limits of the human body.

Twelve is an exclusive recreation for Acosta Danza from 36, created in 2011 for the company Edge and presented at the Royal Opera House in London.

Artist

Pontus Lidberg

Choreographer, filmmaker and dancer, Pontus Lidberg has firmly established himself as a creative and visionary artist, bringing dance and film together. His dance film, The Rain received numerous awards. The New York Times wrote “memorably, The Rain illustrates what filmed dance can say that staged dance cannot.”

As a choreographer for the stage, Lidberg has created works for dance companies including New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Semperoper Ballet Dresden, Royal Swedish Ballet, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Balletboyz, Beijing Dance Theatre, and Morphoses, as well as for his own concert group, Pontus Lidberg Dance. Pontus Lidberg Dance has been presented by New York City Center’s Fall For Dance Festival, the Havana International Ballet Festival, the Spoleto Festival, The Joyce Theater, the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process and the National Arts Center of Canada, Ottawa.

His film Labyrinth Within won Best Picture at the Dance on Camera Festival in 2012. He was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in Outstanding Visual Design, for his dance and film evening WITHIN (Labyrinth Within)—created during his 2012 tenure as Resident Artistic Director of Morphoses. The New York Times applauded this contemporary story ballet, “told without mime and driven by emotional and psychological textures… [Lidberg] sublimates the academic language of ballet, dissolving it into knotty partnering that manages, by and large, to avoid the churning clichés of much contemporary movement in the form. It is refreshing to see a ballet embracing the virtues of restraint.”

Raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Lidberg trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. He holds an MFA in Contemporary Performing Arts from the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.

Goyo Montero

Born in 1975 in Madrid, Spain. He was educated by Carmen Roche and completed his studies in the School of the National Ballet of Cuba. Among others he received the following awards as a dancer: Winner of the Prix Lausanne in 1993 and Gold Medal and Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg. Critics of Dance Europe Magazine nominated him Best Dancer of the season 2003-2004.

Goyo Montero was Principal Dancer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and soloist at the Oper Leipzig, Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He has been invited as guest soloist with the National Ballet of Mexico, the Perth City Ballet and the Ballet d’Èurope.

As a choreographer he created pieces for the National Company of Spain, Company Maggio Danza, Deutsche Oper Berlin, National Ballet of Cuba, Opera of Kiel, Ankara and Izmir State Ballet, Modern Dance Turkey, the Company Gregor Seyffert, Ballet Carmen Roche and the Ballet de Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana, among others.

With his choreographies Goyo Montero took part in different festivals, e.g. the 20th International Festival of Ballet La Habana, the 71th Festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, International Festival of Music and Dance Granada, International Festival of Music and Dance “Cuevas de Nerja”, the 12th Worldballet-Festival Japan Expo Aichi 2006, International Expo Zaragoza 2008, International Contemporary Festival of Music Madrid, Festival “Madrid en Danza” and Festival “Veranos de la Villa”.

As choreographer he has received among other awards the “Villa de Madrid” in 2006, the 1st award of the V Iberoamerican competition of Choreography 2006, the Villanueva award by the UNEAC (Union of Writers, Critics and Artists of Cuba) in 2006 and the “Teatro de Madrid” award. Goyo Montero’s “Sleeping Beauty” has been awarded “best Italian production of the year 2008” by the dance magazine Danza&Danza. In 2011 Goyo Montero received the Premio Nacional de Danza. It is the National Spanish Prize for Dance, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Goyo Montero is honored for his achievements as dancer as well as for his work as director and principal choreographer of the Nuremberg Ballet.

With season 2008/2009 Goyo Montero became Ballet Director and Principal Choreographer of the Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballet. For the successful start with his new company Goyo Montero has been awarded with the cultural prize of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Middle Franconia.

Goyo Montero created for the company of Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett the world premiere of "Romeo and Juliet", "El sueño de la razón - The Dream of Reason", "Carmen", "Treibhaus",“Nutcracker” , “Don Juan” and "Faust". Furthermore he restaged for the Nuremberg Ballet his dance pieces "Benditos Malditos - Blessed Damned", "Desde Otello", "Vasos Comunicantes - Communicating Vessels" and "Sleeping Beauty".

In 2012 he was a member of the Jury of Prix de Lausanne and in 2013 his choreographies became part of the Contemporary Repertoire of this Competition.

Jorge Crecis

Jorge holds a degree in Sport Sciences and studied contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. As a professional dancer he worked with different companies throughout Europe.

Between 2008 and 2012 he combined his position as a full-time lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) and guest teacher at institutions such as Beijing Dance Academy (China), Conservatorio Superior de Madrid (Spain) and Roger Williams University (USA). Jorge also lead professional and company classes regularly for companies such as Akram Khan Company, DV8, Punchdrunk, Rambert, etc.

In 2011 Jorge directed the festival Burgos’ Aerowaves Burgos’.

Over the last five years Jorge has been commissioned by companies based in the UK, Europe, Russia, and China and also by postgraduate companies such as EDge, Mapdance and Intoto.

His lifetime artistic ethos is summarized in the mantra: Experiences might finish in the blink of an eye; nothing changes in the world but something changes in those who undergo the experience. So, in the end, something might have changed after all.

Following this motto, in 2012, he funded SQx (somoSQuien eXperience); based upon Jorge’s synthesis of sport and dance movement patterns, SQx’s team lead workshops of this cutting-edge and intense performance training methodology, allowing professionals and youth participants to enhance their stage presence and performative skills. SQx’s projects have been supported by ACE, British Council, Canada arts council, the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom and the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

His latest creation for Scottish Dance Theatre has been widely acclaimed by the critic:

“Profound, powerful and hugely demanding in terms of precision, control and team spirit, the dancers are unstinting in executing every task” (Mary Brennan. The Herald)
“a place of pure empathy” ( Kelly Apter. The Scotsman)
“expertly crafted and engagingly executed” (Rachel Elderkin. The Skinny)
“Collective responsibility meets strength” (Lorna Irvine. Across the arts)

He is currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University of London, focusing on methodologies for training and replicating higher states of consciousness for dancers in performance. Jorge has also applied this research to coach music and film personalities.

In 2014 Jorge initiates the creation of min tala a Pan-Arab dance project that uses contemporary dance art as a peacekeeping, personal and professional development tool.

He is a Déda Associate Artist 2015/16 and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Derby.

Presenter

Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading dance house presenting a vibrant, year-round programme of dance of every kind: from tango to hip hop, flamenco, ballet, Bollywood and cutting-edge contemporary dance. It welcomes audiences of over 500,000 to its three London venues each year.

In addition to bringing the best international and UK dance to London, Sadler’s Wells commissions and produces new work for its stages and tours it to major arts venues and festivals around the world, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Lincoln Centre in New York, the Hong Kong Festival, the Berliner Festspiele, the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. Since 2005, Sadler’s Wells has helped to bring over 90 productions to the stage, many of which have received international awards. These include PUSH with Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant, Sutra and M¡longa, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

In the last nine years, Sadler’s Wells’ productions have toured to 233 venues in 164 cities in the UK and overseas. In 2013-14 alone, a total audience of 121,000 saw 13 touring productions in 50 international cities. Sadler’s Wells’ mission is to promote the public’s enjoyment and understanding of contemporary dance and encourage the development of the art form by supporting artists and the creation of inspiring new work. Sadler’s Wells has 16 associate artists, three resident companies and one associate company. These artists and companies are at the heart of Sadler’s Wells and represent the most exciting talent working in contemporary dance today.