Royal Ballet Star Performs With Plastic To Raise Awareness Of Ocean Pollution

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Fernando Montaño highlights the dangers of plastic pollution with his underwater ballet (Photo: Robin Conway)

Royal Ballet dancer, Fernando Montaño, has danced underwater among art installations made from recycled plastics as part of an event to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans and raise funds for his chosen charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Columbian-born Montaño says he’s become increasingly aware of the ever-growing levels of ocean pollution, and especially the problems that our use of single-use plastics is creating in seas around the world. 

'I decided to create my own photographic project, Dance for the Sea, to help highlight the issue and, having commissioned some special costumes that I created with Croatian designer, Mario Mise, I asked underwater photography specialist, Robin Conway, to take the images as I swam and performed in a pool whilst surrounded by plastic detritus and installations made from recycled plastic waste,' he said.

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Fernando will perform to raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society (Photo: Robin Conway)

The images and video of Montaño’s performance amongst plastic will be on show at a charity event he’s staging, in aid of MCS, Dance for the Sea at the Susie Sainsbury Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in London this coming Thursday, 18 July. The event is sponsored by global internet service company, Rakuten.

TV presenter Sian Lloyd will host the evening and Mr Montaño will choreograph and perform a number of dances throughout the show as well as being interviewed on stage. He’ll be joined by Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte and acclaimed Latvian concert pianist Reinis Zarins. In addition to the show there will be a charitable auction of 'novel experiences' including afternoon tea with MCS Ocean Ambassador and BBC's Dragon's Den star, Deborah Meaden.

Sandy Luk, Chief Executive of MCS 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 £48 and £55 and a limited number of £50 VIP passes are available for the MCS exclusive post-show VIP reception in the Angela Burgess Recital Hall where they will be joined after the performance by Fernando and the cast. Tickets are available from the box office at



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