The book, which captures some of his greatest performances as well as intimate behind-the-scenes moments, is published by Oberon Books and will be released in November 2015. It contains over 150 images of Acosta on stage and in rehearsal partnering some of the world’s leading ballerinas from the company: Darcey Bussell, Leanne Benjamin, Alina Cojocaru, Sarah Lamb, Laura Morera, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Tamara Rojo, Miyako Yoshida and Zenaida Yanowsky.
There is a foreword by current Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, as well as former Directors Anthony Dowell, Dame Monica Mason and Associate Director Jeanetta Laurence together with tributes from dancers, friends and colleagues at the Royal Opera House.
“This unique retrospective is a celebration of Acosta’s dazzling career with The Royal Ballet, bringing together for the first time photographs that capture the passion, range and virtuosity of one of the world’s greatest dancers.”
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.