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Carlos Acosta to Say Goodbye to Classical Repertoire after his Carmen for Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta to Say Goodbye to Classical Repertoire after his Carmen for Royal BalletHAVANA, Cuba, Aug 12 (acn) One of the most universal figures of Cuba's National School of Ballet, prominent dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta, winner of the 2011 National Dance Prize and the London Critics Circle and the 2007 Laurence Olivier prizes, has announced he will dance pieces of the classical repertoire only until the 2015-2016 season.

The 41-year old artist, who recently also received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, told Granma newspaper about his plans to create a company on the island after leaving ballet.

"I would like to create a small company to develop a neoclassical and contemporary line. I'm still maturing the idea of the project but it should become a reality in two years. In this way, the Cuban public will have more time to see me dance, because I want to settle here permanently," he asserted.

Acosta plans to say goodbye to stages after preparing a version of Carmen for the Royal Ballet of London, the company in which he's has been guest leading dancer over the last 11 years.

"With Carmen I'll say goodbye to world stages in classical repertoire. I'm planning to tour New York, perform at the Metropolitan Opera House and in some London stages of course, as well as in others where I have danced on various occasions, like the Bolshoi."

Acosta -who has already made incursions into the big screen- published in October his first novel in English, entitled Pata de Puerco. The artist has expressed that he would like to publish in Cuba first his autobiography and later the novel, in that order.

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