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Marianela Nuñez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montaño nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

Awards celebrate the contributions of the UK’s Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

4 April 2014 at 12.31pm | 7 Comments

Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, and First Artist Fernando Montaño have all been nominated for the Personality of the Year award at the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS).

The LUKAS awards, which are now in their third year, celebrate the culture of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK. This year, around 1,200 people were nominated for a total of 65 awards.

Marianela, who was born in Buenos Aires, joined The Royal Ballet in 1998. Last year, she received an Olivier Award for her performances in VisceraAeternum and Metamorphosis: Titian. She opened the 2013/14 Season partnering Carlos Acosta in his new production of Don Quixote.

Thiago, who is from Rio de Janeiro, joined The Royal Ballet in 2002. Most recently, he created a role in Wayne McGregor's Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, and will soon be performing in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale. The couple are to star in a feature film due for release in Spring 2014.

Fernando, who is from Colombia, joined The Royal Ballet in 2006. Last year, he won the LUKAS award for Personality of the Year.

The awards are decided in part by public vote which closes on 6 April. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 30 April at the LUKAS Gala celebration.

To vote, visit the LUKAS website.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

4 April 2014 at 12.31pm

This article has been categorised Awards and tagged culture, Dancer, Dancers, Fernando Montaño, Latin American, Latin UK Awards, Latin UK Awards LUKAS, LUKAS, Marianela Nuñez, Personality of the Year, Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Thiago Soares

This article has 7 comments

  1. Angela Hurlstone responded on 4 April 2014 at 5:03pm Reply

    Good luck Marianella and Thiago - wonderful dancers and a gorgeous couple.

  2. Henry Tolley responded on 5 April 2014 at 10:51am Reply

    Great to see Fernando getting excellent recognition for his talent and ability. Last year he was the only dancer nominated and he won this global award. To be nominated a second time when he is not yet a Principal is incredible and shows how much he is appreciated. When will he become a Principal!!

  3. Raul Suarez responded on 5 April 2014 at 11:38pm Reply

    I don't understand why the photo of Fernando Montano is the same one that was used last year! He is a black dancer. And possibly the best black dancer in the world today. And yet the photo shows him as white!! I fear his colour has held back his career as it seems there is only space for one black dancer in the ballet world - Carlos Acosta! I think there is space for more black principals - Fernando Montano should be one of those.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 6 April 2014 at 11:29pm

      Dear Raul

      Thank you for your email. We're glad that you follow Fernando's career with such interest.

      The reason for our using the same photo is simply that it shows his brilliant technique to such effect. The fact that Fernando is wearing the white make-up of the jester in the photo has everything to do with the role and nothing to do with his ethnicity.

      Although other photos show him in more recent role, they are either group shots, or in a portrait format that doesn't work so well on the pages of our blog:

      Best wishes


  4. Ghazala Rashid responded on 6 April 2014 at 10:43am Reply

    Good luck Fernando!! We think you're brill!

  5. Johanna Zuleta responded on 9 April 2014 at 10:58pm Reply

    Fernando is one of a kind, as well as being an incredible dancer, he is one of the greatest people on earth. With such a hectic schedule, he even finds time to help several charities, both here and in his home country.

    It is sad to read such a poor presentation of him, which seems unbalanced. Without disregarding the work of the other two dancers, they were introduced including some of their professional achievements in the ballet world within a paragraph, and Fernando was presented as if he had no history at all when in fact he is among the very few people in the world to have at his age the experience of schools like the Cuban, the Italian and the English. Let alone his fierceness to conquer all these combined with his life experience, where he won his place in the first instance through scholarships.

    Thankfully, his skills are well appreciated by people like Dame Vivienne Westwood, whom because of him introduced dance in her catwalks, and asked him to model for her brand as well. She even went to the LUKAS awards last year to deliver the award to Fernando.
    Aside from this, Fernando was also chosen to star a short dance film, Narcissus, by Giorgio Madia, filmed in Switzerland and premièred in London in Feb 2014.

    On top of these, he received an award by the Colombian president for his achievements.

    Please exercise some impartiality, if you have 9 photos of the other two dancers, it is impossible that you only have 1 photo of Fernando on his own, and none showing his face, since 2010!

    Bring some justice to this post.

    Best regards, Johanna

    P.S: we'd like to see more of Fernando.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 10 April 2014 at 6:07pm

      Dear Johanna

      Thank you for your comment.

      The reason why we have sufficient images of Marianela and Thiago to create a gallery is that they are Royal Ballet Principals. Fernando is a First Artist and so usually appears in group shots - the same would be the case of any other dancer from the corps de ballet.

      We are delighted to hear that you enjoy Fernando's work so much, but feel that our feature is fair.

      Best wishes


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