Saturday, 26 July 2014

Cubania

Carlos Acosta
Photo: Johan Persson
Derrumbe/ Flux/ Ecuacion/ Sight Unseen/ Tocoroco Suite, Carlos Acosta and friends, Royal Opera House - reviewed on 21st July
    
No amount of dancer talent can make up for poor choreography. And in the case of Cubania, not even the seriously impressive skills of Carlos Acosta, Zenaida Yanowsky and Danza Contemporánea de Cuba could overcome a mostly uninspiring programme.
  
Put together by Acosta as a celebration of his Cuban homeland, the first act featured works by Miguel Altunaga, George Céspedes, Russell Maliphant and Edwaard Liang. Amidst a lot of generic contemporary dance, there were all too few interesting moments.
  
Post-interval was Acosta's autobiographical Tocoroco Suite. Humorous in parts and exquisitely danced, its weakness was in its length and repetition. I was ready to go home long before the curtain fell.

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