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Roberto Bolle

About this Artist

Roberto Bolle trained at the ballet school of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he was promoted to étoile (star dancer) in 2004. He has regularly danced as a guest artist with the most prestigious companies worldwide. He was Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in New York from 2009 to 2019. 

His show Roberto Bolle and Friends has been seen at filled-to-capacity open-air venues in Milan, Naples, Venice, Rome, Sicily, and Verona—gathering tens of thousands of cheering spectators. 

Roberto Bolle is an experimenter in and popularizer of the art of dance. He has taken part in film and television projects, often conceived by him, such as This night opened my eyes, created for Sky, and Danza con me. Broadcast on the main Italian network, RAI-1, from 2018 to 2020, the latter earned him incredible success with both audiences and critics. 

Bolle has been awarded the highest honors, nationally and internationally. He is, among other things, UNICEF Ambassador and Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his contributions to the country in the fields of culture and art. He has also received the UNESCO Medal. 

He has collaborated with artists such as Robert Wilson, Peter Greenway, Anne Leibovitz, and Bruce Weber, whose book of photographs An Athlete in Tights is dedicated to Bolle. He is also the creator and artistic director of the dance festival OnDance,which is now in its fourth iteration in Milan.