Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote

Akane Takada and Alexander Campbell in Don Quixote, photo by Andrej Uspenski / ROH

Totally refreshed, retold and re-orchestraTed

It is a must for all ballet lovers to watch a ballet in the Royal Opera House in London. The Royal Ballet is one of the world’s largest, most famous ballet companies with more than 100 ballet dancers.

Carlos Acosta, the Cuban ballet superstar and former Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet, made this antiquated story more believable and more human. It is just fun! Highly recommended. Go the the Royal Opera, have a glass of champagne in this beautiful winter garden and enjoy this terrific classical ballet.

„The ballet radiates pure sunshine – with all the dazzling Latin warmth associated with Carlos Acosta, and with the color of Tim Hatley’s vibrant design and the musical arrangement of Minkus’s score by Martin Yates.“ Quote of Kevin O’Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet.

I was very lucky to see Akane Takada and Alexander Campbell in the leading roles, great solo parts and an amazing corps de ballet.

Acosta made some great changes. He added a gypsy campfire dance with live guitarist on stage and the garden of the Dyrads with giant pink flowers – beautiful settings and Spanish style ballet costumes.

This trailer presents Carlos Acosta as Basilio, Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in 2014.

Image on Top Akane Takada and Alexander Campbell in Don Quixote, photo by Andrej Uspenski / ROH


Biography of Carlos Acosta, Principal Guest rèpétiteur (source

Carlos Acosta in action.
Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta was a Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet 2003–16. He has danced with many of the leading ballet companies in the world. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003. His many roles for the Company included Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), The Prince (The Nutcracker), Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Basilio (Don Quixote) and Apollo. He has staged Don Quixote and created the new work Carmen for the Company. In the 2017/18 Season he returns as Principal Guest Répétiteur for The Royal Ballet.

Acosta was born in Havana and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba, going on to dance with the English National Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Houston Ballet. The culture and history of his home country have been important influences throughout his career, and in 2003 his show Tocororo – A Cuban Tale, loosely based on his childhood, broke box office records at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. His 2007 autobiography No Way Home was a UK bestseller, and he published his first novel, Pig’s Foot, in 2013. His film appearances include in Day of the Flowers and Our Kind of Traitor. Since leaving The Royal Ballet he has founded the dance company Acosta Danza in Cuba.

Acosta has received many awards throughout his career, including an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2007, a Prix Benois de la Danse in 2008 and an Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. In 2014 he was appointed a CBE for services to ballet.

More about Carlos Acosta

Autor: ballettlovers

I danced ballet as child, albeit with little success. Despite this, my passion for ballet and dance has carried into adulthood. I still love to watch ballet performances and would love to share my passion with you.

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