Several hundred guests attended last night’s dazzling event at the Royal Opera House to launch the fundraising programme of the Foundation. Guests were witness to a spectacular dance performance by Carlos, accompanied by the amazingly talented Roberta Marquez, who is also a principal at the Royal Ballet. Carlos and Roberta danced: the breath-taking pas de deux from Diana & Acteon followed by Carlos giving a superb performance of the more contemporary, Memoria. The Paul Hamyln Hall was a magnificent venue to showcase the project and to give guests a very intimate evening of dance. Guests were also able to view the model of the site for the first Carlos Acosta Dance Centre and be inspired by the possibilities that this unique project holds.
Sir David Tang says: “Carlos, who danced like a god last night, is the reason why we must do what we can to help all those who look up to that artistry and uplifting spirit of dance. It offers an extra dimension in life that makes the world go round.”
Rupert Rohan says: “We are immensely grateful to our host Sir David Tang and all those who gave up their evening last night to support the launch of our Foundation. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I hope that it gave everyone a greater insight into what we are hoping to achieve and the task that lies ahead.”
We are in discussions with a number of interested parties in relation to producing a documentary programme charting the journey of the Foundation from inception to what we hope will be a successful and celebratory opening night. There are many stories to tell and hurdles to jump along the way and no doubt a few tears and tantrums. We hope to be able to share some of this footage with you as time progresses via links from the media section of this site so please keep on coming back to see how we are getting on and to see what support you can give to help us on our way!
A date has been fixed for the official launch of the fundraising for the first Carlos Acosta Arts Centre and for the unveiling of the scale model and architectural presentation produced by Foster + Partners. This will be an invitation only event taking place at the Royal Opera House in London on 19th September and will include private performances by Carlos and a special guest from the Royal Ballet.
Carlos has recently returned from a trip to Cuba where he had an opportunity to show Lord & Lady Foster around the site of the first Carlos Acosta Arts Centre. Both Lord & Lady Foster were already familiar with the site from the work and visits which had been carried out previously by the team we are working with at Foster + Partners but nothing could prepare them for seeing the site up close and personal. They were both completely blown away by the existing architecture and setting of the Centre and returned home with a renewed appreciation and understanding of what we are hoping to achieve there.