Fernando Duarte and Elmano Sancho distinguished by the Mirpuri Foundation

The choreographer Fernando Duarte won the Mirpuri Foundation Dance Prize while the theater went to the actor Elmano Sancho and the music for the project Patrimonial Movement for Portuguese Music, the Foundation said today.

Fernando Duarte, of Companhia Nacional de Bailado, dancer, choreographer and teacher, responsible for choreographies such as “La Bayadére” and “Bird of Fire”, presented in more recent seasons, is also master of the Vitor Cordon Studios in Lisbon.

The actor and director Elmano Sancho, known for his work at companies such as Artistas Unidos and Teatro da Garagem, and with directors such as Jorge Silva Melo, Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and Rogério de Carvalho, premiered this year at the Almada theater festival. play “The Last Station,” which he wrote, directed and performed.

His performances include “Do not play with love” by Alfred de Musset (2011), “Herodíades” by Giovanni Testori (2012) and “A Estalajadeira” by Carlo Goldoni (2013), among other pieces.

The music prize went to the Patrimonial Movement for Portuguese Music (MPMP), a dissemination project that includes a flexible instrumental ensemble, in function of the repertoires, that goes from the formation of the chamber to the symphonic chorale.

Since 2012, the MPMP has been working closely with musicologists and composers in view of the rediscovery of past heritage and the valorization of contemporary repertoires.

The name of the dance, music and theater awards were inspired by national figures in each of its areas, namely, the director Carlos Avillez, the dance and choreographer Anna Mascolo and the pianist Sequeira Costa.

Each prize has a value of 30 thousand euros.

The awards were presented at a gala at the S. Carlos National Theater on Saturday, in which Russian dancer and choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev, former head of the Bolshoi Ballet, was awarded the Career and Prestige Prize for a lifetime dedicated to stages and dance.

Also participated in this spectacle to Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, directed by the master Pedro Neves.

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