To celebrate International Dance Day and the launch of Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2024, dancer and choreographer Raul Reinoso of Acosta Danza explores, by the processes of creolisation, the foundation of African Caribbean culture.
UNBUNTU is an exploration of the connections of Diaspora, how surviving and thriving in new territories is necessitated by assimilation, appropriation and adaptation. Intentionally spelt this way, UNBUNTU encapsulates the spirit of the Bantu philosophy of humanity, Ubuntu, “I am because ‘we’ are” in juxtaposition with the reality of the continued exploration of unity and nuance across the African and African Caribbean Diaspora. With the passage over oceans, languages change, but the connection to African heritage remains. Simultaneously, the title plays on the institutionalised perspective of the United Nations, the “UN” as the forum for humanity and peace.
Inspired by this socio-cultural paradigm, Reinoso seeks to establish a realm for exploration and exchange through dance, a universal language that transcends differences through an experimental environment. It enables each participating body to connect symbiotically, initially amorphous yet simultaneously homogeneous to achieve unity.
Hailing from Pinar del Río, Cuba, in 2009 Reinoso joined the cast of the Contemporary Dance of Cuba, under the guidance of Miguel Iglesias. With this company, he graced stages around the world for renowned choreographers including Rafael Bonachela, George Céspedes, Kenneth Kvarntrom, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and contributed his choreographic prowess to the National Ballet of Cuba with Safe (2014) and December (2015).
Since 2015, Reinoso has been a key member of Acosta Danza, gracing the productions of El cruce sobre el Niágara, Cor, Hokiri and Rooster. He crafted Anadromous, showcased in the renowned A Classical Farewell by Carlos Acosta, and in 2018 unveiled his award-winning Satori. Currently, Reinoso is lending his artistic brilliance to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, with the critically acclaimed Black Sabbath (2023).