No way home : a dancer's journey from the streets of Havana to the stages of the world

by Acosta, Carlos, 1973-

Format: Print Book 2008
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction GV1785.A25 A3 2008
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  GV1785.A25 A3 2008
In this literary Billy Elliot, international ballet star Acosta relates his journey from the impoverished suburbs of Havana to stardom and fame on ballet stages throughout Cuba, America, and Europe. 8 pages of b&w photos.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Like Nureyev and Baryshnikov, Cuban dancer Acosta left his Communist home for the stages of Europe and America, although he didn't have to defect. And like Edward Villella, he rose to balletic heights from a hardscrabble life. Yet Acosta's story is unique. As the son of an African Cuban truck driver and a Spanish Cuban housewife, Acosta faced poverty and oppression complicated by racism. All Acosta wanted to do was break-dance and play soccer, but his determined father insisted that ballet was his son's destiny. The two fought bitterly; Acosta rebelled against the grueling regimen, yet somehow, in spite of family trauma and nearly overwhelming heartache, he achieved resounding international success. In his riveting and poignant memoir, Acosta describes the vibrant Havana neighborhood of his youth with poetic precision and mythic longing, keenly contrasts Cuba's brutal poverty with the bewildering abundance of the West, and writes candidly about love and sex. He also raises tough questions about art and life. His father says, Your art is your house, but Acosta feels like a citizen of nowhere.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A former principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre and now a guest artist and choreographer, 34-year-old Acosta renders a deeply moving account of his leap from deep poverty in a suburban Havana hovel to international dance stardom. He was the son of a white mother and a black father 30 years her senior with eight children from several previous marriages. Obsessed with soccer and break dancing, young Acosta wanted no part of ballet when his father enrolled him in an arts school at the age of nine to keep him away from street gangs. Although extremely gifted, Acosta was frequently truant because of a grueling commute, feelings of inferiority about his poverty and the chaos of his home life. But, as he relates, winning the prestigious Prix de Lausanne catapulted him onto the international ballet scene, with triumphal stints with the English National Ballet, the Houston Ballet and the Royal Ballet; the memoir ends in 2003 with the London debut of his own ballet based on his childhood. An eloquent portrait of an artist as well as a tribute to the flawed but committed parents who wanted a better life for him. 8 pages of b&w photos. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Acosta, Carlos, -- 1973-
Ballet dancers -- Cuba -- Biography.
Ballet dancers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Scribner,2008
Edition 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Language English
Notes Originally published: London : HarperPress, 2007.
Description viii, 293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781416566298
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