DANCE

Sunday Express - - REVIEW: STAGE - 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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