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Carlos Acosta to guest in "Fille"


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This press release just in from Boston Ballet:

Boston Ballet Announces Internationally Acclaimed Guest Artist to Perform in Sir Frederick Ashton's Ballet La Fille Mal Gardée

(BOSTON)- Mikko Nissinen announced today that Boston Ballet will present Carlos Acosta as a guest artist in four performances of Sir Frederick Ashton's full-length story ballet, La Fille Mal Gardée, at The Wang Theatre from February 20- March 2, 2003. Acosta will perform the lead role of Colas. This will mark the first time that Acosta will guest in a Boston Ballet production.

A Cuban native, Acosta began his dance studies at the age of ten at the National Ballet School of Cuba, in Havana. Nationally and internationally acclaimed, he has won many awards including gold medals at the 1990 Prix de Lausanne and the 1990 Spanish Vegnale Dance Prix in Italy, and the grand prix and gold medal at the 1990 Fourth Annual Competition of Ballet in France. Acosta was a principal dancer with English National Ballet for the 1991-1992 season, and a principal dancer at Houston Ballet from 1993- 1998. He joined Royal Ballet in 1998 and performs as a guest artist with companies around the world.

Known for his spectacular technique and elevation, Acosta is internationally renowned as a first-rate dancer. "We are thrilled to have Carlos with us for this wonderful production. He is considered one of the foremost dancers in the world today, a true superstar in the ballet world. His strength and precision will compliment the talent of Boston Ballet dancers," said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen.

Acosta's repertory includes lead roles in most classical ballets including, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Spectre de la Rose, La Fille Mal Gardée, and in many contemporary works by today's leading choreographers. Recognized as a dancer with impressive power by many, Acosta was cited as "a noble and triumphant Colas (La Fille's male lead), always concerned with Ashton's classical style," by The New York Times, when he appeared with American Ballet Theater last year.

Acosta will perform with Boston Ballet on February 26 at 7:00p.m., February 27, at 7:00p.m., February 28 at 8:00p.m., and March 1 at 8:00p.m., at The Wang Theatre, Boston

La Fille Mal Gardee RELATED EVENTS


Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 7-8pm

19 Clarendon Street, Boston

An Insider's View of La Fille!

La Fille Mal Gardée is one of the oldest surviving ballets-and one of the funniest. Christopher Carr and Grant Coyle, who are in Boston to set the ballet, and Boston Ballet principal dancer, Paul Thrussell, will discuss Frederick Ashton's production of this classic. The talk will be illustrated with excerpts danced by Company members.

TICKETS: Individual tickets for each evening are $12.00, purchased at the studio beginning at 6 pm before each DanceTalk or in advance by mail. Student ticket price with a valid ID is $5. Purchase tickets to three or more DanceTalks at the subscriber's price of $9.00 per ticket. Time permitting, tickets will be mailed in advance. Programs are subject to change. For more information, call (617) 695-6955 or email events@bostonballet.com

DanceTalks are held in Boston at 19 Clarendon Street, and in Newton at 861 Washington Street. Tours of Boston Ballet's studios in Boston are offered to attendees beginning in the lobby at 6 pm. Please note that the studios are kept warm for the dancers, so dress accordingly. All programs begin promptly at 7 pm.

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Ticket prices for La Fille Mal Gardée range from $26 to $82. Tickets can be purchased by calling Tele-charge at (800) 447-7400, or by visiting Tele-charge online at www.telecharge.com, or in person at The Wang Theatre box office, located at 270 Tremont Street in Boston's Theatre District. The Wang Theatre box office is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Discounted group tickets (15 or more) are available by calling Boston Ballet's Group Sales Office at (617) 456-6343. Student rush tickets are available for $12.50 in person at The Wang Theatre box office and must be purchased on the day of a performance. Student identification must be presented at time of purchase, limit one per student.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information, digital images, or to set up an interview, please contact Tiffany Kehayoglou at (617) 456-6240, tkehayoglou@bostonballet.com or Ellen Ames at (617) 456-6231, eames@bostonballet.com For more information on the 2002-03 season, please contact Boston Ballet Box Office at (617) 695-6955 or log onto Boston Ballet website, www.bostonballet.org http://www.bostonballet.org>.

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This is interesting, as I don't recall Boston Ballet using guest artists, at least, not in recent years.

Must be somewhat discouraging for Boston Ballet dancers.

Do you think Nissinen is having an outsider as a tactic to encourage ticket sales, or is it more likely to be that he didn't feel he had an appropriate dancer available to him within Boston Ballet?

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I would think that it a way to increase ticket sales. Certainly, ABT isn't bringing in Alina Cojocura this spring because of a lack of female talent. I am sure the presence of a well-known outside dancer will generate more interest. I think that a guest artist is a great idea and doesn't necessarily mean that any of the current male principal dancers is about to be replaced. I would like to see more of this at Boston Ballet.

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