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Bruceadmin

29-07-10, 09:47 AM (BST)
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"Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
 
  
Carlos Acosta's new show opened last night at the Coliseum. It runs through until the 7 August. Further details here:
http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Carlos-Acosta-at-the-London-Coliseum-2010

I wasn't able to get and I'd really appreciate it if readers could review it or give their broad impressions - thank you! That said...

John Ross, our very own Cuban missile, was at the photoshoot where a couple of the items were previewed...



Carlos Acosta in Premieres




Zenaida Yanowsky in Premieres


Carlos Acosta: Premieres - Coliseum, July 2010
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  RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010 wulff 01-08-10 1
     RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010 Bruceadmin 01-08-10 2
         RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010 wulff 01-08-10 3
             RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010 Lynette H 02-08-10 4
                 RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010 Sue2 03-08-10 5
                     RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010 wulff 03-08-10 6
                         RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010 Sue2 03-08-10 7
                             RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010 tortie14 04-08-10 8
                                 RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010 DaveM 04-08-10 9

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wulff

01-08-10, 01:26 AM (BST)
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1. "RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
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   I saw the show on Friday night. Didn't quite know what to expect, but thought it might be on the lines of Carlos's previous shows with a bias towards modern dance and some multimedia. In fact what the full house got was the Carlos and Zen show - no other dancers - accompanied by projections on a gauze which filled the whole proscenium, a battery of spot lighting effects when the gauze was up, and music ranging from the recorded, electronic, and electronically enhanced, to an onstage chamber choir. Water seemed to be a predominant theme for the visuals, starting with an "Overture" of raindrops running down a sheet of glass - wish it had been raining like that outside - then proceeding to Carlos and others leaving a pub in pouring rain, and culminating in Carlos and Zen embracing naked (in a video montage, not in the flesh) under a downpour of water. We also got some close-ups of Carlos's and Zen's feet.

Although the first two numbers were shown in the programme as being performed by both Carlos and Zen, they were in fact both solo numbers. The first part of the programme which only lasted for 30 minutes concluded with a new version of Russell Maliphant's "Two". Originally created for Sylvie Guillem this version was altogether more sculptural and, I thought, less interesting.

The second half opened with the first serious dancing, as opposed to movement, of the evening with Zen performing Kim Brandstrup's "Footnote to Ashton", previously seen in the Linbury. This was danced inside a broken rectangle of lighted candles; effective, I thought, but found myself wondering how they were going to extinguish and remove them all before the next number. I needn't have worried because the gauze came down again and we had the video montage of Zen and Carlos in the shower. Actually for a lot of the time the water was falling up rather than down.

Another duet followed choreographed by Edwaard Liang which showed a couple separated by a shaft of light which eventually disappeared and allowed them to come together. Then "Hand Duets" by Cuban Choreographer George Cespedes in collaboration with Carlos, which proved to be just that.

Finally the choir came on stage and sang the motet "O Magnum Mysterium" while Carlos sat on a black cube, which apart from the candles was the only stage furniture in the whole evening. Zen danced briefly and then the choir moved forward against a battery of lights shining on the audience. The dancers disappeared from view and the evening ended to great applause after just 1 1/2 hours including interval.

Personally I felt somewhat underwhelmed and short-changed by the whole experience. I could see what Carlos was trying to accomplish, and at the outset I felt that we were in for something really interesting. The video element was ingenious and well projected; many of the lighting effects were quite striking, the choir's singing was first class, and both performers have great stage presence. But somehow my attention was not held. I think that a show like this needs more people on stage and a better defined choreographic structure, as well as more colour and variety in order to succeed. Throughout the evening lighting levels were generally low and costumes drab, which created a somewhat gloomy atmosphere. Regrettably this was not for me something I would include in my roll of great evenings in the theatre.


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Bruceadmin

01-08-10, 10:15 AM (BST)
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2. "RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
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Thank you Wulff - much appreciated. It looks like many of the critics think the same way as you.

One minor point and which most critics seem to say also is that 'Two' was created for Sylvie Guillem. It wasn't - it was originaly created on Dana Fouras and v wonderful it looked too. I havn't seen Acosta's version but I never felt that Guillem looked as good as Fouras in it. Sorry, and I hope I don't come over as one of those sad people who also remember that little bit more of who did what when!

A great read - thanks again..


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wulff

01-08-10, 02:25 PM (BST)
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3. "RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
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'Two' was created for Sylvie Guillem. It wasn't - it
>was originaly created on Dana Fouras and v wonderful it
>looked too.

I stand corrected, Bruce. I only ever saw Guillem do it and based on that and what the critics, with their supposedly superior knowledge, said I presumed that it had been created on her. If Fouras was better than Guillem, and Guillem better than Acosta, then maybe this is a piece better left to its first two interpreters.


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Lynette H

02-08-10, 04:44 PM (BST)
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4. "RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
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   I share wullff's feeling of being underwhelmed. I might have felt more kindly towards this production if the ticket prices had been perhaps a third of what they were and the presentation was in a more intimate space. It might have been more at home in Sadler's Wells.

Other classical dancers have been able to re invent themselves as contemporary dancers (as Guillem has) but the movement still has a foreign quality on Acosta: he does not look comfortable.

The choreography from George Cespedes was a disapointment - particularly so when a work he did for the Danza Contemporanea de Cuba at Sadler's earlier this year was lively, well structured and fun.


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Sue2

03-08-10, 02:38 PM (BST)
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5. "RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
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   Please can someone who has seen this programme give me a rough finishing time?
Sue


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wulff

03-08-10, 03:32 PM (BST)
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6. "RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
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   >Please can someone who has seen this programme give me a
>rough finishing time?
>Sue
About 9.10pm


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03-08-10, 04:08 PM (BST)
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7. "RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
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   Thanks very much
Sue


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04-08-10, 08:35 PM (BST)
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8. "RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
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   Nicely put Wulff - I would have said something a lot less gracious. Suffice to say that I'll be looking very closely and future Carlos Acosta offerings before shelling out. Very disappointed as up to now it has been an automatic booking - programmes have varied with some more or less enjoyable but there was nothing in this one for me (best bit was the choir at the end). 15 minutes video of Zen and Carlos in the shower? As my non-ballet regular younger friend said to me - what was that all about? Padding, to give them time to change and recover and cheaper than another ballet or some more dancers perhaps?


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DaveM

04-08-10, 10:44 PM (BST)
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9. "RE: Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum, Summer 2010"
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   they had to clear the stage of all those candles.


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