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Cuban spectacle "Tocororo" heats up Hong Kong this autumn

Dance spectacle "Tocororo - A Cuban Tale" by Carlos Acosta, Cuban ballet superstar and the principal of The Royal Ballet, will premiere in Asia this November in the Latin Passion Festival. There are only a few tickets left for the first show. Act fast!

Directed and choreographed by Carlos Acosta, Tocororo features 16 elite dancers from the Cuban National Ballet, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba and a live Cuban band.

Set in Havana, Tocororo is a heartfelt tale of a boy "Tocororo", named after the multicoloured national bird of Cuba, who left the countryside in search of his dreams in the big city.

Blending London West End glamour with salsa, classical ballet, pop, jazz, African rhythm and a hint of Caribbean flavour, this original dance production showcases the diverse cultures of Cuba. Classical elegance collides with raw passion and the audience will be left breathless!

On its debut in 2003, this critically acclaimed piece touched the heart of the Cuban nation and was a sell-out at Sadler's Wells in London for two years. The Evening Standard praised Carlos Acosta as "Billy Elliot in Havana" and the critically acclaimed piece was also nominated for the 2004 Laurence Olivier Awards.

Carlos Acosta was born in Cuba in 1973. He began dancing at the National Ballet School of Cuba, Havana, when he was 10. In June 1991 he received his diploma with maximum qualifications and a gold medal. He has won numerous awards ranging from the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne (January 1990), to the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the Fourth Annual Competition of Ballet in Paris (November 1990), and the Grand Prix in the third Juvenile Competition of Dance (June 1991). In 2004, he received the "National Dance Award" and was named by the influential Dance Europe magazine "Best Dancer of the Year". Acosta now has the title of Principal Guest Artist at The Royal Ballet.

Tocororo - A Cuban Tale, one of the highlights of the Latin Passion Festival presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be performed at 7.30pm on November 5 and 6 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre. Tickets priced from $120 to $380 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Group booking discounts are up to 20% off.

A salsa party will also be held after the November 5 performance for the public to join the fun. The party will feature the internationally acclaimed New York-based Salsa DJ Henry Knowles and dancers from Tocororo. Ticket holders will be given priority to take the best dance area nearest the DJ booth. On November 6, Carlos Acosta will share with the audience his creative processes at a post-performance talk at the Cultural Centre Grand Theatre.

Festival brochures are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website,

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044. Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Internet bookings can be made at .

Ends/Friday, September 30, 2005
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