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Essential Clips: Carlos Acosta

These two rare clips of Cuban dancer, Carlos Acosta are rather poor quality - but only on the video front. Acosta combines great strength and physical presence with an exceptionally clean technique and line.

The first is a brief variation from Don Quixote (not that one). His pirouettes are dead vertical and he gets very high off the ground!

The second is the full pas de deux from Le Corsaire. The clip flickers in and out of colour and the orchestra is blinking awful but the dancing is some of the best. The first male solo is at 4.22 - and you won't see many grands jet├ęs like the ones at 7.50 (ill-briefed cameraman...)

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