Ètoile - La Scala Theatre, Milan
Principal Dancer – American Ballet Theatre, New York
Roberto Bolle was 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 the American Ballet Theatre, L'Opéra National de Paris, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet and the Royal Ballet .
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 reached before by any dancer: the churchyard of Milan Cathedral and Piazza Plebiscito in Naples, where he has been followed by thousands of people. He has performed exceptional performances in the magical setting of the Colosseum and the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, in the Valley of 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 the principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre in 2009, honour 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, to bring direct evidence of the tragic situation of the people of those countries.
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 portrait, "Perchance to Dream" in an impressive 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, because of merit acquired to the country in the cultural field.
In 2014 he was awarded the UNESCO Gold Medal, conferred in Paris, for the universal cultural value of his artistic work, a "reward 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" directed by Fabrizio Ferri, for which Bolle made a spot. 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 him 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".
In 2015, Roberto Bolle approached for the first time in the role of cinema director participating in the choral project "Milan 2015" documentary film produced by Lumière & Co. and Lionello Cerri, and divided into six episodes with as many directors: Roberto Bolle, Walter Veltroni, Silvio Soldini, Giorgio Dritti, Stefano Belisari (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 2015 and in videos seen on Sky and RAI Cinema.
In 2016, he guested at the very popular Sanremo Italian Song Festival, performing a new choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti on We Will Rock You by The Queen.
In October 2016, RAI UNO, the main Italian tv channel, devoted him a prime time Saturday evening with the show event "Roberto Bolle – La Mia Danza Libera" and in November Italian cinemas have released Roberto Bolle – L'Arte della Danza, a documentary film adapted from 2015 summer tour "Roberto Bolle and Friends".
2018 opened with a new TV show broadcast by RAI UNO: Roberto Bolle – Danza con Me, which was a huge success and watched by about five million people. On January he also performed in "The Seasons", a world premiere ballet performance opening the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos (Switzerland).
In June he served as the Artistic Director and performed the first edition of "On Dance", the great event devoted to dance and to all the dances that will take place in Milan with performances, happenings, flash mobs and galas.