The National Museum’s exhibition ‘En abstracto’ will extend to June 2016 and worth a visit as artist, Fanny Sanín continues to be a driving force in Colombian art. The exhibitions at Museo Nacional (Cra 7 No.28-66) are free and last month saw the launch of another temporary show in the Miniatures Gallery: ‘Pasado y presente’.

Some 100 miniatures which arrived at the Museo Nacional in 1881 are on display, including portraits of the nation’s political and military leaders. There are thumbnail-size images of the Independence campaign and details from botanical expedition during the 19th century. The miniatures collection of the National Museum has expanded over the years with contributions from the Association of Friends of the National Museum and Ministry of Culture Foundation. www.museonacional.gov.co

The Lamazone Gallery in Chapinero Alto (Cra 3A No.63-58) is showing works by photographer Hernán Díaz and taken between 1931 and 2009. Hernán Díaz captured the Colombian coast, its people and scenes of everyday life. He mastered the art of the portrait with many of the nation’s most influential personalities posing for his camera. The public Luis Ángel Arango Library (Calle 11 No.40-14) is also presenting an Hernán Díaz exhibition titled ‘Revelado’ which examines this photographer’s intimate eye through contact sheets of everyday aspects of family and street life.

On November 12 and 13 the Colón Theatre (Calle 10 No.5-32) www.teatrocolon.gov.co opens its doors at 7:30 pm for the VIII City Dance Festival – Bogota in Motion and performances of ‘Vertigo 20’ by the Vertigo Dance Company. Vertigo 20, according to the company, is an attempt to unlock the secret of time“. 

After graduating from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Noa Wertheim was accepted into the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Company where she met Adi Sha’al whose professional dance experience included the Bat-Sheva Ensemble and Kibbutz Dance Workshop. Partners in life and dance, Wertheim and Sha’al founded Vertigo Dance in 1992. Pushing the limits of mind and body, this contemporary dance company offers a physical meeting place for artists and audiences. Taking viewers to the new and unexpected, Vertigo represents artistic excellence with a social and community touch. General admission costs $30,000 and tickets are available at tuboleta.com or the main box office.

Friday 13, Briton Robin O’Neill conducts the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra (OFB) in a free concert at 3:00 pm and with a repertoire of Mario Gómez-Vignes, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. The venue is the León de Greiff Auditorium of the National University (Cra 44 No.26-85). Principal bassoonist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, O’Neill gave the Orchestra’s first performance in London’s newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall, and has conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Japan among many others. He is a professor of conducting at the Royal College of Music and has performed by invitation for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

From Russia comes ‘Papayoska’ with Markscheider Kunst performing alongside Colombia’s Papaya Republik. This will be a smorgasbord of Balkan porro and Ruski cumbia. The party starts at 9:00 pm in Casa 9-69 (Cra 9 No.67-07) with tickets priced at $20,000.

The Montreal-based Les Grandes Ballet Canadiens debuts at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo (Ave Calle 170 No. 67-51), Saturday 14 at 8:00 pm. This ballet company founded in 1957 has been communicating a passion for dance and firing the imagination of audiences worldwide. With bold and creative choreography, Les Grandes Ballet is devoted to developing ballet in all its forms, while remaining true to the spirit of classical ballet. Admission ranges from $35,000 to $135,000. For tickets visit www.teatromayor.org