Carlos Acosta: A Classical Farewell, UK Tour dates for May 2016 announced

Sadler's Wells has announced tour dates for world renowned dancer Carlos Acosta's A Classical Farewell, at the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham (Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 May), Birmingham Hippodrome (Friday 6 & Saturday 7 May), part of the award-winning International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 May) and The Lowry, Salford (Friday 13 & Saturday 14 May).

Following his performances at the London Coliseum from Tuesday 8 – Saturday 13 December 2015 Carlos will take his popular format programme featuring a new selection of classical works across the UK in celebration of twenty-six years as a professional dancer on the international stage. This marks the last opportunity for regional audiences to see him dance classical ballet repertoire.

Sadler's Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding said: "Carlos Acosta's unique combination of warm stage presence and powerful technique have made him one of the most admired and loved dancers in the world. His Sadler's Wells debut in Tocororo in 2003 was a sell-out success. Since then, we have presented many of his shows, both on our stage and at the London Coliseum. I am delighted to work with him again to tour A Classical Farewell, an evening of classical ballet and I hope the many performances scheduled around the UK will offer as many people as possible the opportunity to see him dance ballet repertoire one last time."

Carlos Acosta has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his breathtaking performances. For A Classical Farewell Carlos has put together a programme with guest artists from Cuba, presenting some of his favourite pieces from the classical repertoire. The evening's programme is accompanied by the Manchester Camerata conducted by Paul Murphy at selected venues.

The performance includes a number of the most famous pas de deux from the classical and neo-classical canon. Extracts performed include Kenneth MacMillan's Winter Dreams, Michel Fokine's Dying Swan, August Bournonville's La Sylphide, Diana & Acteon by Agrippina Vaganova.

Also part of the evening's programme are extracts from Nisi Dominus by William Tuckett and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake featuring choreography by Marius Petipa.

Acosta trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba and won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne (1990). He was a principal with English National Ballet (1991-2), danced with National Ballet of Cuba under Alicia Alonso (1992-3) and was a principal with Houston Ballet under Ben Stevenson (1993-8). He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003. Acosta has frequently appeared worldwide with companies including American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Kirov, Bolshoi and Australian Ballet.

Acosta's past productions have played to sell-out audiences and have been lauded by critics and audiences alike. In 2007 he won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his performance in his 2006 programme, Carlos Acosta with Guests from The Royal Ballet.

He was awarded the CBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List in 2014 for his services to ballet and is passionate about nurturing and inspiring the next generation of dancers through the Carlos Acosta International Dance Foundation. The award marked the end of a remarkable year which had seen him stage a new production of Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House, release his debut novel Pig's Foot, which was subsequently named as one of the Waterstone's Eleven, an annual list of some of the most promising debut novels. This forthcoming season he also choreographs Chichester Festival Theatre's new production of Guys and Dolls which is due to transfer to the West End at the end of 2015. At the National Dance Awards 2015 Acosta was awarded the De Valois Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Full programme details to be announced.

See press statement by Sadlers Wells here

2016 TOUR SCHEDULETo book tickets and for further details please refer to the individual venue websites

Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 Maywww.trch.co.uk

Birmingham Hippodrome Friday 6 & Saturday 7 Maywww.birminghamhippodrome.com

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 Maywww.mayflower.org.uk

The Lowry, SalfordFriday 13 & Saturday 14 May

www.thelowry.com