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August 4, 2003


Carlos Acosta, a principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet in London, will rejoin American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer for the Company’s 2003 Fall season at City Center, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Mr. Acosta last appeared with American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer in the Spring of 2002. His repertoire with ABT includes Conrad in Le Corsaire, Oberon in The Dream, Colas in La Fille mal gardée and Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Act III.

Born in Cuba in 1973, Mr. Acosta began his ballet training at the age of ten at the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana. He danced with English National Ballet (1991-92) and The National Ballet of Cuba (1992-93), and has performed as a guest artist throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia and Asia. In 1993, he joined Houston Ballet as a principal dancer where his repertoire included leading roles in Dracula, The Snow Maiden, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, and The Rite of Spring.

In 1998, Mr. Acosta joined The Royal Ballet at the invitation of Artistic Director Anthony Dowell. His roles with The Royal Ballet include William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, Jean de Brienne in Rudolf Nureyev’s Raymonda, Des Grieux in Manon and Albrecht in Giselle.

In July of this year, Mr. Acosta made his choreographic debut at Sadler’s Wells with Tocororo, a 90-minute dance and music show about his native Cuba.

American Ballet Theatre’s City Center season is sponsored by UBS, ABT’s National Presenting Sponsor, and Movado Watch Company, a leading benefactor. ABT’s 2003 City Center season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2003 City Center season runs October 22 through
November 9. Tickets can be purchased by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212 or at the City Center box office after September 2. City Center is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City.

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