THE PRINCE OF UTOPIA
WRITTEN BY GERRARD CARTER
HE IS THE DANSEUR NOBLE TO THE HIGHEST EXTENT: MAJESTIC, STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT
Not since Mikhail Baryshnikov or Rudolph Nureyev has the world witnessed a living male ballet dancer reach the icon status usually reserved for rock stars or cinematic matinee idols. However, the tall, dark and very handsome Roberto Bolle is undeniably cut from that very same cloth. Idolized by his fans to the point of adulation, he is not simply adored for his handsome looks but also for his undeniable talent and god-given gift of dance, which in turn certainly rivals his beauty. From thrilling audiences across the globe performing principal roles in ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty to modeling in advertising campaigns for Salvatore Ferragamo and Giorgio Armani to even performing a solo created for him and watched by 2.5 billion people around the world for the 2006 Winter olympic games in turin, Roberto possesses a certain finesse that furnishes him with a significant royal quality. When Roberto initially steps onto the stage there is a regal aura, a princely aspect that inundates him. he is the danseur noble to the highest extent: majestic, stately and magnificent. When he begins to move, one doesn’t simply watch him dance but dwells in a dreamlike fable that resonates until the final curtain ultimately descends.
When meeting Roberto, one would expect that same demeanour off stage. however, he couldn’t be more the opposite. he is approachable and friendly, well mannered and very down to earth. his temperament aligns itself with the Italian boy next door; possessing a zest for life and a passion for all that is within his infinite reach. I first asked Roberto what was it about dance and movement that truly fascinated him? “It’s the passion and I felt it at a very early age, when I was only 7 years old. Whenever there was music playing, even on television, I danced. It was my way to express myself. My parents noticed and sent me to ballet school and I eventually found my way using such an expression. I thrived on the movement, the daily training and eventually performing on stage”.