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Colombians bring classical dance and music to London

A renowned ballet dancer and a trio celebrating Colombian music on piano, cello and violin will give performances in the UK’s capital on 13 and 21 May.


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Fernando Montaño

Commonly associated with tropical music and popular dance, Colombian artists have much more to offer.

This is the case, for example, of 32-year-old Fernando Montaño, a famous ballet dancer and choreographer from Buenaventura, who became the first artist from Colombia to be part of the London Royal Ballet.

Since joining the company in 2006, Montaño has appeared in Mexico, Russia, Japan, China, Jamaica, Spain, Italy and the United States, among other countries, earning him the name “Colombian Billy Elliot”. It is with this experience that the dancer will perform at the Hippodrome Cabaret Theatre in collaboration with Children Change Colombia, a charity that helps children who are socially at risk in Colombia.

For the occasion, Montaño will present a show called Hollywood Glamour, which will include the classic pieces from American cinema, some of them originally performed by Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

On thce night, the artist will be joined by Carolyn Rose (former ballet dancer of Monte Carlo), ballroom champion Axel Zischka, ballroom dancer Thorsten Dreyer, violinist Jonathan Hill, baritone Alejandro López and Sergey Rybin.

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Trio Classico Latino

Date: Sunday 21 May, 7 pm. Location: Hippodrome Cabaret Theatre, London. More information here.

It is incorrect to think that Latin music should only be performed with percussion, maracas, accordions and other instruments originating from the South American continent.

The trio Classico Latino is proof of this; for many years the trio has been dedicated to performing the traditional Latin-American melodies, but by using a piano, a cello and a violin.

Classico Latino is made up of Colombian pianist Iván Guevara, British cellist and conductor Graham Walker and violinist Harriet Mackenzie, who at their upcoming concert will present themes from their most recent album “Tu tierra“, a production celebrating nothing other than Colombian music and rhythms.

The performance will be accompanied by the Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society and will be in support of the charity group Candlelighters.

Date: Saturday 13 May, 7.30 pm. Location: King’s Hall Ilkley. More information here.

Photos: Promotional  – (Translated by Sydney Sims)

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