1/9/2014

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1975-1986

THE BEGINNING
Roberto BOLLE discovered his passion for dance when he was very young. He began studying in Piedmont, his region of origin, until the age of 12 when he entered the Ballet School of La Scala Theatre in Milan.
1990

MEETING RUDOLF NUREYEV
The last time that Nureyev appeared at La Scala Theatre to stage his production of Nutcracker, he who was considered at the time to be a legend, noticed Roberto in the studio. He asked the deeply moved fifteen-year-old boy to do some exercises at the bar. After some days Nureyev chose him to perform Tadzio in Death in Venice. This meeting was to influence Roberto's destiny forever.
1995 - 1996

ROMEO AND JULIET
cor. MacMillan – La Scala Theatre - Milan
When he was only twenty, Roberto gave his first performance as Romeo. The following year in July, performing the same role, he was promoted to Principal by Elisabetta Terabust which led to a huge international career.
1997

SWAN LAKE
Royal Albert Hall - London
Roberto performed Sigfried for the first time with the international star Altinai Asylmuratova at the most impressive English concert hall in a huge new production by Derek Deane, which included 70 swans, acrobats and jugglers.
For the first time the young Italian artist, just twenty-two, met some members of the Royal Family such as Princess Margaret and the beautiful and unforgettable Lady Diana.
1998

THE TIMES
On St. Valentine’s Day The Times devoted a front-page article to Roberto which further added to his enormous international popularity.
AIDA
Giza Plateau - Cairo
In the same year Roberto danced in Aida in Cairo which was the first time in 50 years that this production had been performed there.
The Keope and the Kefren pyramids set the stage and were an exceptional background to Aida.
1999

THE NUTCRACKER
Covent Garden Royal Opera House – London
After three years of restoration, the Royal Opera house opened the season and celebrated its reopening with The Nutcracker. Roberto was invited to dance at the prestigious theatre for the first time with Darcey Bussell.
Since this performance, the exceptional partnership with Darcey has continued and they have danced in many classical and contemporary ballets together.
UNICEF
He was elected as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador .
2002

QUEEN ELISABETH'S GOLDEN JUBILEE
Buckingham Palace – London
The United Kingdom and the entire British Commonwealth celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth’s Golden Jubilee. The highlight of the celebration was held on Saturday 1st June and was a great event at the Royal Palace.
Roberto, the only Italian artist invited, performed the Black Swan pas de deux with Zenaida Yanowsky in the fabulous setting of the throne room at Buckingham Palace.
2003/2004

MARINSKJ – BOLSHOI – PARIS OPÉRA – METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
International Star, in these years Roberto was invited to dance in the most prestigious theatres in the world: Mariinsky – Bol’šoj –Opéra – Metropolitan Opera House. Theaters where only the most famous étoiles have ever performed.
2004

YOUNG PEOPLE'S DAY
St. Peter's square – Rome
On April 1st Pope John Paul II met youngsters at St. Peter’s Square. Roberto danced a solo to Mozart’s Ave Verum choreographed by Renato Zanella, in the square.
2006

WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
For the first time in 50 years The Winter Olympic Games were held in Piedmont where Roberto was born.
During the exciting opening ceremony which was broadcast live worldwide, Roberto - who depicted a futurist hero - burst into the Stadium full of energy. On this huge and unusual stage he danced a long solo in a striking setting which represented Italian art from Futurism to Future.
UNICEF
As UNICEF Ambassador he visited Sudan to raise funds and awareness for children whose lives have been affected by violence.
2007

ALESSANDRA FERRI’S FAREWELL
In June 2007, Roberto Bolle was the first Italian dancer to be invited to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. His performances in Manon and Romeo and Juliet were highly praised.
His partner, Alessandra Ferri, was at the top of her career and performed her farewell performance at the MET.
The 30 minutes of applause, a standing ovation and enthusiastic newspaper reviews declared the next chapter in Roberto’s international success.
2008

GALA ROBERTO BOLLE AND FRIENDS
In 2008, after 8 years of enormous successes gathered all over Italy and abroad, the by-then famous "Bolle and Friends" Gala began looking for locations that would normally be considered highly unusual for the typical ballet requirements.
Locations, at this point, had become as important and peculiar to the "Bolle and Friends" appointment as the repertoire performed on stage. Just to mention a few places where the gala took place: the Coliseum in Rome, Duomo Square in Milan, Plebiscito Square in Naples and San Marco square in Venice.
Well beyond Italian borders, the gala reached audiences in Athens, (Greece), Instanbul (Turkey), Beijing (China), Tokyo (Japan) and finally New York City, (United States).
2009

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
For the 2009 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, he performed as a Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre: it was the first time that a male Italian dancer had joined the Company as a Principal.

YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER foR DAVOS
The World Economic Forum awarded Roberto Bolle Young Global Leader 2009.

BRUCE WEBER
An Athlete In Tights is a photography book realized by Bruce Weber that celebrates his three-years collaboration with Roberto Bolle. In this book, which is largely pictorial, Bruce Weber has captured the convergence of artistic and physicality in Roberto.
2010

ROBERT WILSON
Robert Wilson, the famous choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer created Perchance to Dream, a series of 30 video portraits featuring Roberto Bolle, presented in New York in December In 2012 some of them were projected on giant screens placed in Times Square, New York.

PETER GREENWAY
Roberto Bolle met also Peter Greenway , who wanted him to represent the Italian art at Shanghai Expo 2010. His virtual images of Roberto Bolle dominated the Italian Pavillon.

UNICEF
As UNICEF Ambassador, he went for the second time to Africa.
2012

CAVALIERE DELL’ORDINE AL MERITO DELLE REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
In November 2012 he was appointed Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana by Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic, for his support to the Italian culture.

ARENA DI VERONA
In July the Gala Roberto Bolle and Friends took place at the Arena of Verona. It was the first time after more than 19 years a ballet had been performed in such an amazing location.
About 10 thousand people attended the Gala.
2013

NEW YORK CITY CENTER
Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala took place on September 17th 2013 at New York City Center. This special Evening was the highlight event of the project: 2013 - The Year of Italian Culture in the United States.




Saturday 27 : BALLET STARS OF THE XXI CENTURY
Kremlin Palace - Mosca


Friday 10 : ROMEO E GIULIETTA
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Monday 13 : ROMEO E GIULIETTA
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Thursday 16 : ROMEO E GIULIETTA
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Tuesday 21 : ROBERTO BOLLE AND FRIENDS
Grand Theatre - Shanghai


Wednesday 29 : MANON
Royal Opera House - Londra


Saturday 01 : MANON
Royal Opera House - Londra


Thursday 18 : LO SCHIACCIANOCI
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Friday 19 : LO SCHIACCIANOCI
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Monday 29 : ROBERTO BOLLE AND FRIENDS
Teatro Regio - Torino


Tuesday 30 : ROBERTO BOLLE AND FRIENDS
Teatro Regio - Torino


Wednesday 31 : ROBERTO BOLLE AND FRIENDS
Teatro Regio - Torino


Sunday 04 : LO SCHIACCIANOCI
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Friday 13 : GISELLE
U-Port Hall - Tokyo


Sunday 15 : GISELLE
U-Port Hall - Tokyo


Thursday 02 : GISELLE
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Saturday 04 : GISELLE
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Tuesday 07 : GISELLE
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Thursday 09 : GISELLE
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Friday 30 : GALA DES ETOILES per EXPO2015
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Saturday 31 : GALA DES ETOILES per EXPO2015
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Thursday 12 : MANON
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Saturday 14 : MANON
Teatro alla Scala - Milano


Tuesday 17 : MANON
Teatro alla Scala - Milano




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A night of Stars and great ballet


For those passionate about ballet, a Gala is an incredibly exciting event.
These followers go to see their stars for their virtuosity, their charisma, and the sheer excitement of being part of such a breathtaking experience.
For those who have only recently entered this world, a gala offers an overview of the most beautiful ballets of the 19th and 20th century repertoire just in one evening.
Excitement and delight grow when a gala is created by Roberto Bolle and the stars who gather around him.
Roberto has proved to be the only dancer able to successfully produce such an event carrying his own name.
He trained at La Scala Ballet School and his brilliant carrier took off immediately following his entry into the company along with invites to the most important theatres in the world.
The attention Roberto has received from the Media and his presence as guest star at the greatest international events has made him a unique example of a star and a world-class dancer.
His ability to gather great crowds and create enthusiasm is reinforced by the gala Roberto Bolle and Friends which includes a splendid group of étoiles who travel Italy and worldwide.
Roberto selects only the best dancers in the world who have reached international fame to perform in his gala.
This event offers the unique occasion to admire many of the most famous dancers in the world on stage.
The beauty of this occasion is that the audience experiences the diverse techniques, schools and styles of these many world-class dancers. The program of the Gala changes with each performance, but the dancers always perform pieces ranging from much-loved classical repertoire to modern and contemporary ballets.

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Alicia Amatriain
Stuttgarter Ballett, Stuttgart
Silvia Azzoni
Hamburg Ballett
Federico Bonelli
The Royal Ballet, London
Alen Bottaini
Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich
Isabella Boylston
American Ballet Theatre, New York
Sabrina Brazzo
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Jirí Bubenícek
Dresden Semperoper Ballet, Dresden
Otto Bubenícek
Hamburg Ballett, Hamburg
Darcey Bussell
The Royal Ballet, London

Alessio Carbone
Opéra Ballet, Paris
Elisa Carrillo Cabrera
Staatsballett, Berlin
Isabelle Ciaravola
Opéra Ballet, Paris
Misty Copeland
American Ballet Theatre, New York
Guillaume Côté
National Ballet of Canada
Marlon Dino
Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich
Aurélie Dupont
Opéra Ballet, Paris
Shirley Esseboom
Guest Artist
Maria Eichwald
Staatstheater - Stuttgart
Julien Favreau
Béjart Ballet Lausanne
Mathilde Froustey
Opéra Ballet, Paris
Dorothée Gilbert
Opéra Ballet, Paris
Marcelo Gomes
American Ballet Theatre, New York
Arman Grigoryan
Zürcher Ballett, Zurich
Yen Han
Zürcher Ballett, Zurich
Greta Hodgkinson
National Ballet of Canada
Yuriko Kajiya
American Ballet Theatre, New York
Mikhail Kaniskin
Staatsballett, Berlin
Julie Kent
American Ballet Theatre, New York
Hikaru Kobayashi
The Royal Ballet, London
Maria Kochetkova
San Francisco Ballet
Ivan Kozlov
Mariinsky Ballet, Saint Petersburg
Václav Kunes
The Kylián Foundation
Lucia Lacarra
Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich
Ulyana Lopatkina
Mariinsky Ballet, Saint Petersburg
Vahe Martirosyan
Zürcher Ballett, Zurich
Jared Matthews
American Ballet Theatre, New York
Arsen Mehrabyan
Zürcher Ballett, Zurich
Shoko Nakamura
Staatsballett, Berlin
Nataša Novotná
The Kylián Foundation
Marianela Núñez
The Royal Ballet, London
Myriam Ould-Braham
Opéra Ballet, Paris
Marijn Rademaker
Stuttgarter Ballett, Stuttgart
Jason Reilly
Stuttgarter Ballett, Stuttgart
Alexander Riabko
Hamburg Ballett, Hamburg
Marta Romagna
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Tamara Rojo
The Royal Ballet, London
Dmitry Semionov
Staatsballett, Berlin
Polina Semionova
Staatballet, Berlin
Hee Seo
American Ballet Theatre, New York
Kateryna Shalkina
Béjart Ballet Lausanne
Daniil Simkin
American Ballet Theatre, New York
Thiago Soares
The Royal Ballet, London
Dinu Tamazlacaru
Staatballet, Berlin
Emmanuel Thibault
Opéra Ballet, Paris
Ivan Urban
Hamburg Ballett, Hamburg
Ambra Vallo
The Birmingham Royal Ballet
James Whiteside
American Ballet Theatre, New York
Katja Wünsche
Stuttgarter Ballett, Stuttgart
Zenaida Yanowsky
The Royal Ballet, London
Svetlana Zakharova
Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow

Jia Zhang
English National Ballet, London






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