Reviews of Carlos Acosta's "Premieres Plus."
The Evening Standard
Its a test that Premieres Plus Carlos Acostas latest pick-and-mix of modern dance fails badly. The Royal Ballet guest principal has made a laudable effort to use sound, lighting and general stage craft to link one piece to the next. Unfortunately, these artfully blurred boundaries only highlight the works general saminess.
North Wales Daily Post
And although only 90 minutes long, Acosta and Yanowsky dance almost non stop, meaning there are awkward transitions while they exit to change costume or simply catch breath. Acosta is a major talent, and retirement is some way off, but he needs better material, and a more varied mix. This show gives few clues to his range and cashmere appeal.
The Arts Desk
Premieres Plus is a far better and more even choice of material danced with unerring certainty. At times it is achingly tender and at others excitingly explosive. Acostas power and Ms Yanowskys incredible agility are both excellent foils and undeniably fluid. They challenge each other and then envelop each other it is, to borrow Acostas word, a wonderful fusion.
Like Sylvie Guillem he seeks out a new contemporary dance path to fulfil, being still full of glorious physical vigour and still well under 40. But it turns out to be about wise investment. Guillem invested long ago in blue-chip stock, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant, the choreographers with whom she now extends her stellar career into her mid-forties. Acosta hasn't invested so wisely.