About this Artist
ROBERTO BOLLE trained at the School of La Scala Theatre in Milan, where he has been Étoile since 2004. He has danced in all the major theaters around the world and with the most prestigious companies, including American Ballet Theatre, the Opéra National de Paris, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Mariinsky - Kirov Ballet, and the Royal Ballet.
In June 2002 he performed at the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. The event was broadcast worldwide by the BBC. In April 2004 he danced in front of Pope John Paul II in the churchyard of St. Peter’s Square in Rome for World Youth Day. In February 2006 he performed in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Turin, broadcast around the world.
Starting in 2008 he has had enormous success with the Gala “Roberto Bolle and Friends” in places never before reached by any dancer: the churchyard of Milan Cathedral and Piazza Plebiscito in Naples, where he has been followed by a public of thousands. He has performed exceptional shows in the magical setting of the Colosseum and the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, at the Certosa of Capri, in the Boboli Gardens in Florence, at Torre del Lago Puccini, and in Piazza San Marco in Venice.
After the resounding success and critical acclaim of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 2007, where he danced with Alessandra Ferri for her farewell to the stage, he was appointed Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre in 2009, an honor never before bestowed on an Italian dancer. Every year since then, he has been one of the protagonists of the ABT season.
In 2013, the “Roberto Bolle and Friends” Gala was inserted in the project sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “2013, Year of Italian Culture in the United States,” performed at the New York City Center in New York.
Since 1999, he has served as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, participating in a series of large and significant initiatives, including trips made in 2006 to the South of Sudan and in November 2010 to the Central African Republic. In 2009 he was appointed a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum of Davos.
In 2010 he met two great directors: Peter Greenaway, who asked him to interpret the symbol of Italian art in his installation “Italy of Cities” - designed for the Italian pavilion at Expo Shanghai 2010 - and Robert Wilson, who devoted to him one of his voom portraits, “Perchance to Dream” in a multimedia installation inaugurated in New York in November.
In 2012 the prestigious title of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic was bestowed upon him by the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. In 2014 he was awarded the UNESCO Gold Medal, conferred in Paris, for the universal cultural value of his contribution “to the promotion of the ideas of UNESCO through dance as a living cultural expression and vector for dialogue.”
In 2014 Bolle was chosen as the star of the new ENI campaign “Rethink Energy,” for which he made a spot directed by Fabrizio Ferri. The relationship with the energy company ENI supports the Étoile in a series of artistic and cultural initiatives in Italy and abroad.
In April of 2015 Rizzoli released the book Voyage into Beauty with beautiful pictures that portray Bolle with some of the symbols of the Italian artistic heritage. In particular, the photos by Fabrizio Ferri depict the statuesque dancer in the ruins of Pompei, in the frame of Roman frescoes, a symbol of the greatness of Italian history and the need to preserve its memory. In photos by Luciano Romano, in Piazza San Marco in Agrigento, from the Colosseum to the Baths of Caracalla, the harmony of gestures and the balance between the dancer and the places evoke a profound reflection on “art and the exceptional nature of Italian heritage.”
This year Roberto Bolle approached for the first time the role of cinema director, participating in the choral project Milan 2015, a documentary film produced by Lumière & Co. of Lionello Cerri, on the subject of Christian Mainardi and divided into six episodes with many directors: Roberto Bolle, Walter Veltroni, Silvio Soldini, Giorgio Dritti, Elio of “Elio e Le Storie Tese,” and Cristiana Capotondi. The film, successfully presented at the Venice Film Festival, has been released in theaters in October and in videos seen on Sky and RAI Cinema.