Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018

Bolle, American Ballet Theatre enchant Rome


(By Emily Backus)
Rome, July 23 - Italian ballet star Roberto Bolle
has done it again, enchanting audiences over two sold-out
performances in his gala series of "Roberto Bolle and Friends"
periodically staged in suggestive surroundings since 2008 - this
time among ancient ruins of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, a
magnificent third-century landmark, now an outdoor stage for the
summer opera season.
Performances, featuring Italy's most sought-after male
ballet star in history and lead dancer at La Scala Theatre in
Milan since 2007, together with ballet talents selected from
around the world, have also graced Milan's cathedral square, the
Plebiscito Square in Naples, the Valley of the Temples in
Sicily's Agrigento, and the Roman Colosseum.
This edition, called "Roberto Bolle and Friends from the
American Ballet Theatre", paired Bolle with an international
cast of dance stars from the US ballet company where Bolle
himself has also tenured as a lead, including prima ballerina
Julie Kent, South Korean ballerina Hee Seo, Brazilian ballet
lead Marcelo Gomes, and Russian male star Daniil Simkin - known
for his vaulting jumps and virtuoso style.
Kent is a legend of her own and an American Ballet Theatre
institution, of course, having served there as principal dancer
for two decades, since 1993.
Marking the first time in years the American Ballet Theatre
has performed in Italy, the show fused genres and eras, passing
from the two-step to the pirouette, from Tchaikovsky to Frank
Sinatra in a delicate, romantic, passionate and highly
entertaining performance.
Bolle interpreted roles that have made him famous in the
US, like extracts from Romeo and Juliet, The Lady of the
Camellias and The Leaves Are Fading.
Bolle first danced with the ABT in 2007 as a guest artist,
and then as a principal dancer for the company's 2009 spring
season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
Bolle also premiered for the very first time a piece
created specifically for him by Massimiliano Volpini, that
combines ballet with state-of-the-art digital effects.
Kaleidoscopic forms, colors, images danced with Bolle,
including a clone made possible with recorded extracts from some
of Bolle's most significant performances.
He even dueled with himself as Romeo in special effects
devised by video artists at the Milan-based post-production
studio Xchanges Visual Effects.
The performance paid homage to the showmanship and vital
creativity of American ballet, but also to the artistic and
personal evolution of Bolle - with a definite nod to his own
experience on the New York stage.

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