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Carlos Acosta to join ABT for fall CC season

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Carlos Acosta, a principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet in London, will rejoin American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer for the Company¹s 2003 Fall season at City Center, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Mr. Acosta last appeared with American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer in the Spring of 2002. His repertoire with ABT includes Conrad in Le Corsaire, Oberon in The Dream, Colas in La Fille mal gardée and Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty,

Act III.

Born in Cuba in 1973, Mr. Acosta began his ballet training at the age of ten at the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana. He danced with English National Ballet (1991-92) and The National Ballet of Cuba (1992-93), and has performed as a guest artist throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia and Asia. In 1993, he joined Houston Ballet as a principal dancer where his repertoire included leading roles in Dracula, The Snow Maiden, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, and The Rite of Spring. In 1998, Mr. Acosta joined The Royal Ballet at the invitation of Artistic Director Anthony Dowell. His roles with The Royal Ballet include William Forsythe¹s In the middle, somewhat elevated, Jean de Brienne in Rudolf Nureyev¹s Raymonda, Des Grieux in Manon and Albrecht in Giselle.

In July of this year, Mr. Acosta made his choreographic debut at Sadler¹s Wells with Tocororo, a 90-minute dance and music show about his native Cuba.

American Ballet Theatre¹s City Center season is sponsored by UBS, ABT¹s National Presenting Sponsor, and Movado Watch Company, a leading benefactor. ABT¹s 2003 City Center season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

American Ballet Theatre¹s 2003 City Center season runs October 22 through November 9. Tickets can be purchased by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212 or at the City Center box office after September 2. City Center is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City.

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Acosta is currently scheduled to dance with the Royal Ballet through October 22 and starting again on November 13 (for a debut in "The Four Temperaments on Nov. 15). Wonder if he'll join ABT a day or two into the City Center season or if his schedule in London will be adjusted.

Normally I'd be excited to have Acosta in New York, but since I'll be in the UK starting in the fall, I hope he doesn't change his schedule with the Royal Ballet!


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