MIRA FLAME DIRECTOR - FERNANDO MIRA
Fernando has performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally with some of the world’s finest companies. With many years of experience, he has incorporated a unique style of flamenco dance into his performances.
Fernando's dancing experiences include:
The English National Opera in Don Quixote,
Opera Australia - Otello production Melbourne
Opera Australia - Carmen production Melbourne and Taipei
Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom the Musical - Australia, Canada, Leeds and The Piccadilly Theatre West End London.
Fernando's film and television experiences include:
Man from Snowy River - 1996 TV series
Amy - Australian Motion picture
Noah’s Ark - American motion picture
True Love & Chaos - Australian motion picture
Today Show - Australian Morning Show
The Mike Walsh Show - Australian variety show
Burt Newton's New Faces - Australian talent show
Johnny Young's Young Talent Time
Soul Mates - Australian TV comedy series ABC
Funky Squad - Australian TV comedy series ABC
Various Popular ABC kids shows
STRICTLY BALLROOM PRINCIPal ACTOR - 'RICO'
Fernando co-created the principle role of 'Rico' in the world premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s production Strictly Ballroom the Musical.
He performed the role of 'Rico' in Australia since its inception in 2013 till 2016, he was then asked by director and choreographer Drew Mc Onie to join his recreation of the production in the UK where it played at Leeds Yorkshire Playhouse 2017 then touring to Toronto Canada at the Princess of Wales Theatre. In 2018 the show took a very creative and dramatic turn to cater for a West End audiences at the Piccadilly Theatre London.
STRICTLY BALLROOM REVIEWS
"The principal cast glows with Sam Lips as Scott in a charming and commanding performance, demonstrating outstanding vocal and dance ability. Gemma Sutton shines as Fran, carefully nurturing a transformative journey from dainty wallflower to sensuous starlet. Befitting a seasonal musical, Strictly Ballroom also offers a range of outrageously inflated and heightened characters, including a toupee-spinning Julius D’Silva as Barry Fife and Richard Grieve in an irresistibly preening turn as Les Kendall. Richard Dempsey is hilarious as glittering ringmaster JJ Silvers – a delightfully charming and immersive anchor to the show. In a scene-stealing performance, Fernando Mira delivers an intense and authentic flash of danger as Rico, master of the pasodoble. Two very endearing and cheeky performances are also provided by junior dancers Troy Tipple and Mia Speight.
Ben Atkinson’s musical arrangement is pounding and palpable with a walloping percussive feel, ensuring every number hits its mark. Standouts in the score include Time After Time and Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, whilst a stomping arrangement of Love is in the Air is sure to have audiences dancing in the aisles. A superlative arrangement of Magnifico is a particular highlight, partnered with Fernando Mira’s showstopping pasodoble."
Samuel Payne Entertainment Focus 2016
"The astonishingly controlled but supremely passionate turn from Fernando Mira as Rico, Fran’s father who teaches Scott an invaluable lesson about the difference between dancing with your head and dancing with your heart. Vital, stern and impossibly magnetic, Mira proves to be an unstoppable force of nature, one that very nearly steals the show. He focuses stillness as the Ballroomers channel sequins. It’s an amazing counter-point and the Paso Doble sequence with Lips is a true coup de théâtre."
Stephen Collins Live Theatre UK 2016
"Strictly Ballroom in Leeds is an unqualified success in every department. It features the best original cast for a new musical in the U.K. since Matilda. Both principals and ensemble are all triple-threats, and poised, attractive and entrancing ones. Score, book and direction fuse into a seamless outpouring of joy, real humour and brilliantly calibrated romance. Drew McOnie has directed something wonderful, a story for everyone, about honesty, individuality and being true to oneself. And he has choreographed the piece with exuberance and undeniable skill. There is nothing not to love about this very theatrical version of Strictly Ballroom. It will make your heart soar with unbridled happiness. Unless you are brain dead.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical is a complete triumph. Do anything to get to Leeds to see it and pray that the West End will be blessed with a long, enduring season there."
Stephen Collins Live Theatre UK 2016
The evening’s most electrifying sequence takes place at Fran’s house when her father, Rico, and family laugh at Scott’s attempt to dance a paso doble and show him how it should be done: with feeling, not technical brilliance. As Rico, the father who comes to understand that his daughter must follow her own dance, Fernando Mira stops the show.
The Guardian UK
By far the best turn however comes from Fernando Mira as Fran’s father Rico who throws shapes as sharp as knives as he shows Scott how the Paso Doble is really done. His performance is steeped in passion, danger and brilliance:
The Telegraph UK
"Most electrically, Fran’s father Rico (Fernando Mira) teaches Scott the paso doble in the first-act finale “Magnifico” and it brings the house down. Mira, a holdover from the Australian cast, is an extraordinary flamenco dancer, and he and Eve Polycarpou as Fran’s grandmother hit just the right tone of knowing camp."
Karen Fricker "Toronto Star"
'Fernando Mira...brings the house down'
The Daily Mail UK