Audio description for Acosta's 100% Cuban

Published: 8 December 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Acosta Danza Paysage, soudain, la nuit Credit: Johan Persson

In spring 2022, Acosta Danza returns to the UK with 100% Cuban, a mixed bill of five works including three UK premières, which will include four audio-described performances for blind and visually-impaired theatre-goers in London, Salford, Hull and Plymouth delivered by Sightlines Audio Description Services.

There is also an optional pre-show touch tour to enable blind and partially-sighted audience members to explore the set and touch some items of costumes, live introductory notes and a full audio-description throughout the show.

Sightlines’ director Jonathan Nash said, “historically, we found some resistance to offering audio-description for ballet and dance. People questioned how useful or popular it would be—but it didn’t take long them to realise that there is an enthusiastic audience for audio-described dance.”

100% Cuban features UK premières from three young Cuban choreographers: Liberto by Raúl Reinoso, Hybrid by Norge Cedeno Raffo and De Punta a Cabo by Alexis Fernandez (Maca). Also in the programme are Paysage, soudain, la nuit by Sweden’s Pontus Lidberg and Impronta by Spanish choreographer Maria Rovira. It is presented by Dance Consortium, a UK-wide consortium of 18 large-scale theatres.