Los Angeles, Sep 23.- The North American Dance Magazine today recognizes the solid international career of the first Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta with the award of its annual award to him and other black artists.
In this way, the most important dance magazine in America, published in New York since its founding in 1927, clarified that it wants to take a step towards repairing its history after closely examining exactly who it has honored during the last seven decades.
Unsurprisingly, the list is overwhelmingly white. Although it has become more diverse in recent years, many bright artists of color have been left out for far too long, Dance Magazine acknowledges.
The prestigious publication's award celebrates living legends of the art since 1954, and its selection committee assures that it made the current decision in light of the profound reflections on racial equity inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to the magazine, in order to take into account and take a step towards repairing that history, the committee chose a prominent group of all-black artists.
The honorees in 2020 are Cuban Carlos Acosta, Americans Debbie Allen, Camille A. Brown and Alonzo King, and Canadian Laurieann Gibson.
In addition to founding and directing the Acosta Danza company and an academy in his native Cuba, Dance Magazine points out, Acosta assumed in parallel at the beginning of this year the position of director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the most important British classical ensembles.
Similarly, in 2020 the Cuban artist joined the Board of Directors of the Royal Ballet School of the United Kingdom, a country where he holds numerous awards such as the British Critics Circle Award for his Services to the Arts, and the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Acosta was for years a star of the Royal Ballet of London and has danced as a guest in most of the great theaters of the world and companies such as the Paris Opera, in France, the Bolshoi Ballet, in Russia, the American Ballet Theater and the Houston Ballet, in the United States, among many.
With the new award, Acosta becomes the third Cuban to obtain such a precious award, which was previously received by Alicia Alonso, in 1958, and José Manuel Carreño, in 2004. (PL) (Photo: Archive)