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Carlos Acosta On Before

presented by Norwich Theatre & Valid Productions

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“Sophisticated beautifully thought-out work” The Observer

“A journey worth following” The Daily Telegraph

“Dance with beauty and style.” The Guardian

We are incredibly excited to announce our first ever touring production, starring dance legend Carlos Acosta. This poignant dance piece will open at the Theatre Royal in July before touring to The Lowry in Salford, The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton and The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

Carlos Acosta is the world’s favourite dancer and On Before, which sees him dance a full-length show again, is a homage to his late mother and the most personal work he has ever created.

On Before embodies Carlos’ astonishing dance vision and features collaborations with major UK and international dance makers, Russell Maliphant, Kim Brandstrup, Will Tuckett, Raul Reinoso, Yury Yanowsky, Miguel Altunaga as well as Carlos’ own choreography.

In a framework created by Carlos, On Before tells the story of a doomed relationship between a man and a woman, set to a diverse musical repertoire ranging from Handel to Cuban contemporary composer Omar Puente and culminating in a moving finale featuring a live choir performing ‘Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium’.

Originally conceived in 2010, Carlos is revisiting this extraordinary show and returning to dance it again for a short regional tour as theatres across the UK re-open their doors again. For 2021 Carlos Acosta will dance alongside Laura Rodriguez, an original member of his own company, Acosta Danza, which he founded in Cuba in 2015.

Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Important information

Until 21 June we will be selling seats for these performances socially distanced. However, in line with any Government regulation changes we may release more tickets to completely fill the auditorium.




Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

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