A festive favourite with a Cuban twist

Carlos Acosta’s brand-new production Nutcracker in Havana explodes onto its debut UK tour, featuring new choreography by Carlos Acosta CBE performed by more than 20 dancers from his Cuban company, Acosta Danza.

Tour

1 – 3 Nov 2024

Norwich
Theatre Royal

8 – 9 Nov 2024

Canterbury
Marlowe Theatre

19 – 20 Nov 2024

Aylesbury
Waterside Theatre

26 – 27 Nov 2024

Richmond
Richmond Theatre

10 – 15 Dec 2024

London
Southbank Centre

10 – 11 Jan 2025

Woking
New Victoria Theatre

13 – 14 Jan 2025

Wolverhampton
Grand Theatre

17 – 18 Jan 2025

Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre

27 – 28 Jan 2025

Salford
The Lowry

Plus more dates to be announced…

“Welcome to my Nutcracker in Havana. I am so excited to be bringing this new production to life. Nutcracker is a ballet beloved by so many, it is a Winter tradition, not only for dance lovers but also for dancers. It is many dancers’ dream to perform the various roles of the Nutcracker and I am lucky to have done just that throughout my career.

“Nutcracker has always been a special show for me. My generation in Cuba grew up without the spirit of Christmas and with this show, I can combine the joy of the Nutcracker with the vibrant Havana culture. I cannot wait to take audiences from the humble settings of Clara’s home through to the beautiful dream sequences passing through the grand and vibrant Havana ballrooms of the 1940s and 50s.

“Infusing the colour, feel and vibrancy of Havana, where I grew up and started my career, with the tradition and beauty of Nutcracker is something I have wanted to do for a long time. As my Cuban company, Acosta Danza celebrates its 8th anniversary, I am proud to be revisiting another major ballet title following on from my Romeo & Juliet and Don Quixote.  I am hugely proud to be bringing Acosta Danza to the Nutcracker, telling that story in a new and different way and letting audiences experience a little piece of what tradition is for me.”

Carlos Acosta, Director and Choreographer

Paul Brandon

Brandon began studying dance in 2014 at the “Regino Botti” Vocational Art School alongside additional training at the Children’s Academy of Danza Fragmentada. In 2019 he joined the Acosta Danza Academy where he gained recognition for his choreographic work. After graduating in 2023 he joined the founding cast of Acosta Danza Yunior. 

Zeleidy Crespo

Cuban-born Crespo began studying dance in 2001. She joined the National School of Music Shows in 2003 where she continued her studies. She joined the Ballet of Cuban Television in 2014 and toured internationally. In 2015 she joined Acosta Danza, winning Outstanding Female Performance at the 2023 UK National Dance Awards for her role in 100% Cubano.

Brian Ernesto

 
Ernesto began his dance studies at the “Alfonso Pérez Isaac” Vocational Art School in 2012. In 2017 he joined Acosta Danza Academy. In 2019, he participated in a performance as part of the XIII Havana Contemporary Arts Biennial. Since graduating in 2022 he joined the cast of Acosta Danza, and has performed in a wide repertoire of choreographies. 

Denzel Francis

Francis began his dance studies in 2012 at the “Alfonso Pérez Isaac” Vocational School of Art where he was awarded several prizes. In 2017 he joined the Acosta Danza Academy. He joined Acosta Danza to perform in Carmen and Don Quixote Suite. Graduating in 2022 he joined Acosta Danza, since performing in a wide repertoire of choreographies.

Brandy Martínez

Martínez began his dance studies at the “José María Heredia y Heredia” Vocational Art School in 2012 where he received multiple awards. In 2017 he joined the Acosta Danza Academy. In 2019, he participated in a performance as part of the XIII Havana Contemporary Arts Biennial. Graduating in 2022 he joined Acosta Danza. 

Raúl Reinoso

Reinoso is a Cuban choreographer and dancer with Acosta Danza. His work, Satori was awarded the Villanueva Prize from the Association of Scenic Critics as one of the best shows presented in Cuba, along with the Choreographic Prize from the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). His recent work, Liberto premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 2021. 

Alejandro Silva

Silva trained at the Cuban National School of Ballet where he graduated as a ballet dancer and teacher before joining the National Ballet of Cuba where he reached Principal dancer. Alongside dance Silva has participated in many audio-visual projects.  In 2015, he joined Acosta Danza since then he has danced with the company internationally. 

Liana Taly

Taly began her dance studies in 2012 at the “Alejo Carpentier” Vocational Art School. In 2017 she joined the Acosta Danza Academy, during this time, joining Acosta Danza as a cast member for Tocororo Suite, Don Quixote Suite and Carmen. After graduating in 2022 Taly joined the cast of Acosta Danza, performing a wide repertoire across Europe.  
 

Ernesto Álvarez Figueredo

Thalía Cardín

In 2017, Cardín was named best ‘individual performer’ in the Choreographic Competition held by the Lizt Alfonso Dance Company in Cuba. In 2019 she joined the Acosta Danza Academy, performing with Acosta Danza in 100% Cuban in 2022. Upon graduating in 2023 she became a member of the founding cast of Acosta Danza Yunior.
 

Adria Díaz

Díaz began studying dance at the Raúl Gómez García Elementary School of Art, in 2011 where she won prizes in choreographic competitions. In 2017 she joined the Acosta Danza Academy. In 2019, she participated in the performance for the XIII Havana Contemporary Arts Biennial. Upon graduating she joined Acosta Danza in 2022. 

Leandro Fernández

Fernández started training in 2012 at the “José María Heredia y Heredia” Vocational Art School. He was awarded the grand prize and the award for best male performance. In 2017 he joined Acosta Danza Academy. Fernández was a finalist in the international Grand Prix de Lausanne competition in 2020, joining Acosta Danza in 2022. 

Frank Isaac

Isaac began his secondary level studies as a dancer at the National School of Art in 2017. A year later he joined the Acosta Danza Academy. In 2022 he graduated as a professional dancer. Since joining Acosta Danza, he has danced internationally in a number of roles and choreographies.

Melisa Moreda

 
Moreda began her dance studies in 2013 at Alfonso Pérez Isaac Vocational Art School, where she was awarded prizes including Most Outstanding Student in the Ballet and later winning First Prize in Performance at the Matanzas Ballet Festival. That same year she joined the Acosta Danza Academy, joining the founding cast of Acosta Danza Yunior in 2022. 
 

Laura Rodríguez

Rodríguez trained in Cuba. She has danced in leading roles in Swan Lake, La fille mal gardée, Don Quixote, The Dying Swan and most recently Nutcracker as a guest Artist with Birmingham Royal Ballet. In 2015, she joined Acosta Danza and has since danced internationally with the company, also partnering with Carlos Acosta in his On Before tours. 

Jennifer Suárez

Suárez began her dance studies in 2012 regularly participating in competitions in Havana, winning prizes for the best choreography and interpretation. In 2017 she joined the Acosta Danza Academy. In February 2022 Suárez graduated as a professional dancer, joining Acosta Danza and going on to tour internationally.  

Patricia Torres

Torres trained in classical dance in both Cuba and the US winning multiple awards before joining The National Ballet of Cuba. She has performed in repertoire including; Giselle, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, Prologue and Cinderella. In 2019, she joined Acosta Danza and has since danced with the company in Europe, Asia and South America. 

Yaday Ponce

Enrique Corrales

Corrales started training in 2003. After graduating as a dancer and ballet professor, he began working with the Ballet of Camagüey. His repertoire in principal roles includes; Muñecos by Alberto Méndez, Majísimo by Jorge García and more. In 2015, he joined Acosta Danza and has since danced with the company internationally. 

Chay Deivis

Deivis studied at the José María Heredia Vocational School of Art in 2011, joining Acosta Danza Academy in 2017. In 2020 he partook in the 48th edition of the Grand Prix de Lausanne, as part of the Choreographic Project directed by Mauro Bigonzetti. In 2021 won 2nd prize in the International Choreography Contest of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba company with his performance Guernica.

Daniela Francia

Francia began her dance studies age seven and joined the National Ballet of Cuba in 2015. In 2022, she joined Acosta Danza and has since danced with the company internationally. Francia is currently studying for a degree in Dance at the University of the Arts of Cuba. 

Cynthia Laffertté

Laffertté began her dance studies in 2014 at “Alejo Carpentier” Dance School. In 2019 she joined the Acosta Danza Academy, participating in the Stretch Timemonochromes Project, by Isabella Soupart, during the 14th Havana Contemporary Art Biennial in 2021. She graduated in 2023, joining the founding cast of Acosta Danza Yunior. 

Amisaday Narra

Narra began her dance studies in 2011, winning awards in national competitions between 2013-2014. In 2017 she joined the Acosta Danza Academy. In January 2020 she was selected to participate in the Choreographic Project at the Grand Prix de Lausanne. Narra joined Acosta Danza in 2021 and has since danced internationally.

Ofelia Rodríguez

 
Rodríguez started her dance studies at the “Fernando Alonso” National Ballet School in 2013. In 2018 she joined the Acosta Danza Academy, joining Acosta Danza as a cast member for Don Quixote Suite, by Carlos Acosta. Rodríguez graduated in 2022, moving on to join the founding cast of Acosta Danza Yunior. 

Elizabeth Tablada

Tablada began her dance studies in 2012 and was awarded Best Female Performance in a choreographic in her first year. In 2017 she joined the Acosta Danza Academy where she also participated in the Acosta Danza performance for the XIII Havana Contemporary Arts Biennial. After graduating in 2022 Tablada joined the cast of Acosta Danza. 

Verónica Corveas

Aymara Vasallo

Carlos Acosta

Director and Choreographer

Nina Dunn for PixelLux

Set and Video Designer

Angelo Alberto

Costume Designer

Andrew Exeter

Lighting Designer

Pepe Gavilondo Peón

Composer/Arranger

Yasel Muñoz

Composer/Arranger

Norwich Theatre

Stephen Crocker

Sam Bain

Will Hill

Executive Producer

Producer

Production Manager

Valid Productions

Rupert Rohan

Anne-Louise Hawker

Executive Producer

Producer

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