Carlos Acosta brings Cuban dance company to Sadler’s Wells with ballet diversity plea

Acosta, 43, wants to challenge assumptions that ballet is "elitist." He told the i paper: "More must be done. The Royal Ballet has become more inclusive and diverse and that's good." "But it's very important to present on stage a wide range of cultural backgrounds so that everybody is represented."Acosta added: "There has been an exodus of talent from Cuba so I created Acosta Danza for Cuban dancers who lack economic opportunities." "But I want to create an academy where people from across the world, including Britain, can study in Cuba for free."

Acosta, who retired from the Royal Ballet after 17 years, will make a guest appearance with Acosta Danza when the company performs during Sadler's Wells 2017 Spring/Summer programme. A UK tour will follow. Acosta, who praised the cheap tickets offered by Sadler's Wells, said: "Acosta Danza has been founded with the intention of paying tribute to the wealth of Cuban culture." "The company will develop its contemporary work, whilst also using elements of classical ballet." "It is an aspiration that has grown out of my vision as an artist, incorporating all that I have learned during the past 25 years of my professional career."

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