Introducing Patricio Melo – dancer and photographer – he is the official photographer of Luis Ortigoza Principal Star Dancer of the Santiago Ballet

Before going behind the camera, Patricio was himself and dancer with the Santiago Ballet Company, under the direction of Ivan Nagy. During this time he worked with choreographers such as Glen Teatly, Ben Stevenson, Peter Wright, Ronald Hynd, Natalia Makarova and Ismael Ivo.

Patricio danced with Marcia Haydee, Richard Cragun, Alessandra Ferri, Luis Ortigoza, Marcela Goicoechea, Julio Bocca, to name a few. His main roles were Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, John Cranko of Initial RBME; Serenade, Balanchine’s Four Temperaments; Contact Trey Mctire; Gaite Parisienne de M. Bejart; Art Birds based Neruda poems.

Patricio began his dance career studying at the School of Ballet Teatro Municipal in Santiago. He is now an actor and studying photography and has produced some inspiring photos of Luis Ortigoza Principal Star Dancer of the Santiago Ballet.

We love his photos and words: “One of the reasons I love photography is that it strikes the power of capturing a fraction of time and keeps it forever a magical encounter.”

See more of Patricio Melo’s photos of Luis Ortigoza