Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charm and Power Elevate a Dull Drama; DANCE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charm and Power Elevate a Dull Drama; DANCE

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Byline: SARAH FRATER

Carlos Acosta/Tocororo

Sadler's Wells

CARLOS Acosta is such a sensational dancer, so exuberant and luxurious and lithe, that you can forgive him almost anything. Like his newish show, for instance, a 90-minute coming-of-age story about a poor boy from the country growing up on the meanest of city streets.

It's loosely based on Acosta's own journey from tearaway Cuban to jaw-dropping glory at the Royal Ballet, and Acosta is right to think it makes for a popular dance show. All the boxes are ticked: there's a lively troupe of dancers, specially commissioned music, and gorgeous salsa moves that Acosta rolls around with ballet's classical grace.

All this works, the dancing especially, but the drama often does not. In fact, some of the sections are so flat that you think you're in Norfolk.

The scene when Acosta arrives in the big city, for example, is surprisingly underpowered, and without the pulse you need in a upbeat dance show. …

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