Sunday Express

DANCE

- By Stefan Kyriazis

ACOSTA DANZA: EVOLUCION

★★★★★

Mayflower Theatre, Southampto­n; tour to April 11 (Tickets: danceconso­rtium.com)

JOy.that’s the only word for it. It poured across the stage and into the audience as Acosta Danza kicked off their Evolucion Tour in Southampto­n.

Almost as thrilling as the glorious talent on display was the packed house of 1,600 people, a wonderful affirmatio­n that dance is alive and thriving across the land.

Much of this is thanks to Carlos Acosta, who retired from classical ballet in 2016. He continues to share and inspire his love for dance through his exceptiona­l young company, which revels in a heady blend of classical and contempora­ry dance that vibrates with its tropical Cuban roots.

Throughout the evening, the gifted dancers and strong choreograp­hy blend beautiful classical lines and muscular modernity without losing any grace.there is always a tangible energy on stage connecting the performers, whether in large group numbers or duets.they constantly touch, fleetingly or in full embrace.they make eye contact.they smile at each other – and us. It is intoxicati­ng.

Dance, like so many art forms, can be a static experience.acosta’s gift has always been to make it a shared, communal reverie. It

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