Carlos Acosta gives Cuban twist to Christmas classic 'The Nutcracker'

March 5, 2024 12:39 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Ballet star Carlos Acosta is giving “The Nutcracker” a colourful makeover with a new production inspired by his Cuban roots and traditions.

The 50-year-old has choreographed and directed “Carlos Acosta’s Nutcracker in Havana”, which is set in 1940s and 1950s and has a Cuban version of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famed score and as well as ballet, a variety of dance styles.

Launching the show in London on Monday, Acosta shared videos of his Acosta Danza company dancers in rehearsals in Cuba.

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“‘Nutcracker’ means Christmas in many ways, it’s very tied with that festivity but we never had Christmas in Cuba, so I thought that I was going to place the show in the heart of Cuban traditions as a way of giving the Cuban people the Christmas we never had,” he told Reuters.

“I reworked it in a way to bring our own culture in.

The Tchaikovsky score is going to be heavily curated so that we could incorporate a fusion of rhythms such as Conga, Latin jazz, Bossa nova and Guaracha… while at the same time you hear that it’s Tchaikovsky all along.”