World Premiere for Alessandra Ferri and Carlos Acosta 



Image credit: photography by Danny Fitzpatrick,

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s current triple bill is an exciting one, including two recently premiered works and the World premiere of a new pas de deux created for Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri. 


Chacona is an ensemble piece for 16 dancers set to music by J.S. Bach, played live on stage by violin, guitar and piano. Created by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero (Nuremberg Ballet; Acosta Danza) it is a brand new production featuring an exclusive pas de deux performed by Carlos Acosta and guest artist Alessandra Ferri at Sadler’s Wells in London. Live music will be performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s acclaimed orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Drawn from Montero’s 2003 ballet Vasos Comunicantes, Chacona was originally premiered by National Ballet Sodre, Montevideo (Uruguay) in July 2017.


Additionally, Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage has launched its new Video on Demand platform, using Birmingham Royal Ballet’s triple bill Curated by Carlos. Chacona will be featured as part of this, available as a digital screening for audiences around the world to watch wherever they may be. 

Chacona will be filmed at Sadler’s Wells and directed by Dan Ormerod. This will accompany the recordings of Imminent and City of a Thousand Trades which were filmed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in June, directed by Ross MacGibbon. City of a Thousand Trades and Imminent are Ballet Now commissions, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s programme which aims to find diverse, international creative talent. 


Curated by Carlos will be available to rent on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage between 11 and 18 November. Once purchased, each rental will be available for 48 hours. An Audio Described version of the film will also be available. Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage is the theatre’s online programme of performances and experiences designed to entertain and connect global audiences through dance. Since lockdowns began in March 2020, this programme has been enjoyed by audiences all over the world.