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New dance company dazzles in show

Theatre Royal Norwich (2320661)
Theatre Royal Norwich (2320661)

Review: Acosta Danza

Theatre Royal, Norwich

Cuban Carlos Acosta is one of the finest dancers of his generation and, upon retirement a couple of years ago, looked to set up his own dance company.

The result is Acosta Danza, a group of around 12 dancers from Cuba. They are young, powerful and clearly inspired by their boss.

The company was only formed last September and Norwich is one of their first dates but they ooze confidence and professionalism as they tackle five separate pieces.

All combine both contemporary and classical dance, and reflect aspects of Cuban culture - the folk music, for example. They are performed on a stripped back stage, with nothing to divert your attention from the dancing.

The opening piece, The Crossing Over Niagara, is a two-hander which shows intense control and athleticism while Acosta himself takes part in another duet, Mermaid, where we get a taste of his immense and charismatic talents.

My favourite was the final number, Twelve, and the dancers look like they thoroughly it enjoy too, as they throw plastic bottles around the stage at top speed! You have to see it to appreciate it. But that’s what this company is all about: it is most definitely fresh, innovative and one to watch.

Acosta Danza continues tonight. Visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk for more details.

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