Carlos Acosta. Photo from Internet.
From: The Guardian
Carlos Acosta has pledged to transform Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) and bring ballet’s traditional image into the 21st century as he takes over as artistic director. On Friday he announced his first programme for 2020, including a three-week summer festival spanning London and Birmingham.
Havana-born Acosta, 46, is a former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet. Since retiring four years ago from the classical roles that made him famous, he has launched a contemporary company, Acosta Danza, in Cuba.
Acosta wanted the Birmingham job because “I felt the need to go back to my roots as a ballet dancer,” he says. “Ballet is my best friend. It was my refuge; it’s what I had when everything didn’t make sense. It was not just a job. I’ve been very privileged to perform with many companies and gain this wealth of knowledge that I want to pass on.”