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BALLET DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL CHOREOGRAPHER OF NUREMBERG BALLET
was born in 1975 in Madrid, Spain. He was formed by Carmen Roche and completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory for Professional Dance in Madrid and the School of the National Ballet of Cuba. Among others he received the following awards as a dancer: Winner of the Prix Lausanne in 1993 and Gold Medal and Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg. Critics of Dance Europe Magazine nominated him Best Dancer of the season 2003/2004.
Goyo Montero was Principal Dancer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and soloist at the Oper Leipzig, Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He has been invited as guest soloist with the National Ballet of Mexico, the Perth City Ballet and the Ballet d‘Europe among others.
As a choreographer he created pieces for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera of Kiel, Ankara and Izmir State Ballet, Modern Dance Turkey, the Company Gregor Seyffert, Ballet Carmen Roche, National Ballet of Cuba, the Ballet de Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana, the Company Maggio Danza and Compañia Nacional de Danza, Acosta Danza, National Ballet Sodre, Uruguay, and Perm Ballet/Context Festival Diana Vishneva.
With his choreographies Goyo Montero took part in different festivals, amongst others in Havanna (XX International Ballet Festival), Florence (71th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Granada (International Festival of Dance and Music), Zaragoza (Expo Zaragoza), Madrid (Madrid en Danza and Veranos de la Villa) Tokyo (Expo Aichi Tokio Forum), Diana Vishneva’s Context Festival in Russia and Holland Dance Festival.
Goyo Montero’s choreography “Imponderable” for Acosta Danza had its world premiere in September 2017 at Sadler’s Wells London and is since then part of the world wide tour of this company. His creation “Asunder”, created for Diana Vishneva’s Context Festival, has been presented in November 2017 at the Stanislawski Theatre Moscow and the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg.
With season 2008/2009 Goyo Montero is ballet director and principal choreographer of Nuremberg Ballet. Until today the ballet director has developed 16 new creations for his company in Nuremberg.
A long term partnership exists between Goyo Montero and the Prix de Lausanne. In 2012 and 2017 Goyo Montero has been member of the jury at the Prix de Lausanne. From 2013 until 2016 his choreographies have been part of the contemporary repertoire of this competition. In 2018 Goyo Montero created together with 50 students from the partner companies of the Prix the new choreography “Pulse”, set to music by Owen Belton. In 2017 his creations are part of the Beijing International Ballet und Choreography Competition in China.
Among his awards: “Villa de Madrid” (2006), the 1st award of the Iberoamerican competition of Choreography (2006), the Villanueva award by the UNEAC (Union of Writers, Critics and Artits of Cuba) in 2006 and the “Teatro de Madrid” award. Goyo Monteros “Sleeping Beauty” has been awarded “best Italian production of the year 2008” by the dance magazine Danza&Danza.
In 2009 Goyo Montero has been awarded with the cultural prize of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Middle Franconia. In 2011 Goyo Montero got awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture with the Premio Nacional de Danza. In 2014 Goyo Montero received the Bavarian Culture Award. In 2018 the ‘Deutscher Tanzpreis’ (German Dance Award) is presented to Ballet Nuremberg under the directorship of Goyo Montero for outstanding development in dance.
International Dance Magazines repeatedly nominated Goyo Montero as choreographer (amongst others „Choreographer of the Year 2014“ in Dance for You) as well as for his works (amongst others nominations as Best Choreography 2008 for „Sleeping Beauty“ as best Italian production in 2008“ by Danza & Danza ; for his ballet „Romeo and Juliet“ with Compañia Nacional de Danza in Dance for you and Dance Europe (2012/2013); as well as for „Black Bile“ (2014) , „Cyrano“ (2015) and „Don Quijote“ (2017) in Dance Europe.
Montero’s ballet company received invitations to international guest performances amongst others in Biarritz and as partner company of the Prix de Lausanne. Invited by the Chekhov International Theatre Festival Moscow the Nuremberg Ballet gave a guest performance of Goyo Montero’s “Cinderella” in Moscow in summer 2015.
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