Miguel Altunaga

Miguel Altunaga (c) Benedict JohnsonBorn: Havana, Cuba

Trained: National School of Art, Havana.

Joined: Rambert in 2007 after six years with the National Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba where he performed as a principal dancer.

Career highlights: Miguel won the Cuban Best Male Solo Award in 2002 and in 2003 was chosen by Carlos Acosta to perform in Tocororo, which toured internationally from 2003 to 2007.At Rambert, Miguel has performed works by Gary Stewart, Christopher Bruce, Itzik Galili, Siobhan Davies, Doug Varone, Barak Marshall, Lucinda Childs, Alexander Whitley, Mark Baldwin, Shobana Jeyasingh and Merce Cunningham. Miguel has worked with many international choreographers including Joaquin Sabaté, Jan Linkens, Georges Céspedes, Julio Cesar Iglesias, Samir Akika, Steve Paxton and Exedia Dance Company (Greece). Miguel also choreographed and appeared in Mikel Gurrea’s documentary Txoria and the ballet film Love Tomorrow (dir.Christopher Payne), winner of the Best UK Feature prize at the Raindance Film Festival 2012. In 2014 he was nominated for Outstanding Male Performance by the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Other info: As a choreographer, Miguel has created work for the National School of Ballet, Cuba, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and for the bands Simply Red and The Zutons. He created Memoria for Carlos Acosta at the London Coliseum and was commissioned to create Derrumbe for Acosta’s Cubania evening at the Royal Opera House. He was commissioned by Kevin O’Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet, to create Dark Eye for the Deloitte Ignite Festival 2014 (Royal Opera House). He has also created three works for Rambert’s Evening of New Choreography and one of these pieces, Don’t Think About It, has joined Rambert’s repertoire.

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