Fernando Montano and Friends - Dance for the Sea

Date posted: 30 May 2019

Latin American dance star and Royal Ballet soloist Fernando Montano is delighted to announce that he will be staging his 2019 charity event ‘Fernando Montano and Friends – Dance for the Sea’ on the evening of Thursday July 18th 2019 in the stunning Susie Sainsbury Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano
© Fernando Montano

As well as featuring world class ballet, opera and classical music the focus will be on the issue of plastic in the ocean and the damage it is doing in so many different areas.

The Marine Conservation Society will be Fernando’s partner charity for the event and the headline sponsor is Rakuten, a global leader in internet services.

TV presenter Sian Lloyd will host the evening and Fernando will choreograph and perform a number of dances throughout the show as well as being interviewed on stage about his passion for the subject and why he created Dance for the Sea.

He’ll be joined by the wonderful Lithuanian mezzo soprano Justina Gringyte who will soon be reprising her role as Carmen in the English National Opera’s production at the London Coliseum.

Acclaimed Latvian concert pianist Reinis Zarins will accompany them, and other performers will include the outstanding same-gender ballroom dance champions Axel Zischka and Thorsten Dreyer.

Having just returned from several months performing around the world and spending time with his family in Colombia whilst on a sabbatical from The Royal Ballet, Fernando is looking forward to the show.

‘It is such an incredible venue and a great cause and I am very excited about having the opportunity to perform with Justina and Reinis and my other friends as we help bring further attention to the problems that are caused by plastic and the devastating impact they have on wildlife. I am especially grateful to our partners Rakuten and Ocean Outdoor and I hope the evening will raise a lot of awareness and funds for the incredible and essential work that is carried out by the Marine Conservation Society.”

Sandy Luk, Chief Executive of the Marine Conservation Society said:

“Fernando’s performance with plastic brings pollution and ballet together in a truly inspiring and innovative way. Using the art of ballet to show the destructive impacts of plastic litter is a juxtaposition that many would never have considered. We’re thrilled to be Fernando’s charity partner for this unique show”

Tickets are priced at £48 and £55 and a limited number of £50 VIP passes are available for the Marine Conservation Society’s exclusive post show VIP reception in the Angela Burgess Recital Hall where they will be joined after the performance by Fernando and the cast.

There will also be an exhibition in the reception of the ten ‘Dance for the Sea’ underwater photos of Fernando that he commissioned from photographer Robin Conway as part of the wider campaign against the plastic that is polluting the world’s oceans.

Tickets are available from the box office at www.ram.ac.uk

For more information or to interview Fernando please contact: info@electric-owl.co.uk

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Notes for Editors

Fernando Montano

Regarded by many as the leading Latin American male dancer Fernando is a soloist at Covent Garden who made his debut in a principal role in 2015 having been the first Colombian to join the Royal Ballet when arrived in London in 2006.

It almost didn’t happen as the CD player broke when he began his audition for the Royal Ballet and he had to perform in complete silence.

The astonishing story of his difficult and extraordinary rise from a very deprived background in Colombia via Havana and Milan to London led to him being described by the BBC in 2013 as ‘the real Billy Elliot’

His autobiography has just been published in Spanish by Penguin Random House and is already a best seller in Colombia and the English version will follow later this year. A feature film about his life is being made by one of the world’s biggest studios and details will be announced very soon.

As well as performing around the world with the Royal Ballet, Fernando creates many of his own projects and has also been asked to do numerous special performances.

In 2016 he danced at the opening ceremony of the Futsal World Cup and two years before that, at the invitation of President Juan Santos, he made a brief visit to Colombia where he performed ‘The Dying Swan’ at the Presidential Palace for the President, HRH Prince Charles and HRH Duchess of Cornwall during their State visit.

In 2016 Fernando spent three months as a judge on Colombia’s debut series of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and he was the subject of a BBC World documentary ‘Dancing for Peace’. He is now a British citizen.

Dance for the Sea

Fernando decided to create his new project, Dance for the Sea, as he was so horrified by the impact of plastic in the oceans. He is especially passionate about the subject as he was born and brought up in the Colombian coastal town of Buenaventura and has seen the problem first hand.

He asked his friend Mario Mise to help design and create some special costumes and then swam in a pool whilst surrounded by plastic detritus. Specialist underwater photographer Robin Conway was commissioned to take the photos that will be shown for the first time on LED screens around the UK on World Oceans Day, 8 June, by Fernando’s digital media partner Ocean Outdoor. In addition, 100 limited edition prints have been donated to the Marine Conservation Society.

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