|Roberto Bolle, Excellence made in Italy, © Giovanni Gastel|
Ballet fans from the New York community gathered last week for a virtuoso performance led by the famous Italian danseur, Roberto Bolle at City Center. I was ecstatic to attend this ‘Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala’ on September 17. Acqua di Parma, the Italian luxury lifestyle brand and the event’s sponsor, invited me as a guest.
As a former dancer and ballet aficionado, I’ve seen American Ballet Theatre perform before, but last week was the first time I had the pleasure of watching ABT principal Roberto Bolle grace a New York stage. Bolle commands the audience in both solo variations and pas de deux (dance for two), and he brought a core group of dancing friends to accompany him on this memorable evening.The program was a mixture of classical, contemporary, and comedy. The result a truly spectacular night.
Bolle is a marvelous and highly accomplished dancer –– he trained at the La Scala Theatre Ballet School in Italy before dancing with ABT –– and also maintains guest status with The Royal Ballet and the La Scala Theatre Ballet. Bolle danced in four pieces (Excelsior Pas de Deux, Le Grand Pas de Deux, L’Arlésienne, and Prototype), each unique and showing his ability to articulate movements and entertain his audience at the same time. I, like the other 2700-plus attendees, was captivated.
Celebrities in attendance included Boyd Gaines, Alessandra Ferri, Trudie Styler, Michael Stipe, among others.
George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux danced by Maria Kochetkova and Herman Cornejo, Dying Swan, danced by Alina Somova, Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, with Luciana Paris and Cornejo, (the most moving performance I’ve ever seen of this piece), and the most athletic excerpt of the night, Mono Lisa, choreographed by Itzik Galili and danced by Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly, were highlights. The night culminated with Bolle dancing the premiere of choreographer Massimiliano Volpini’s Prototype, which used video and visual effects, as well as music in this bravura solo finale.
This special program coincided with the launch of the book, La nobiltá del Fare ––”The Nobility of Doing” –– from Acqua di Parma. The extraordinary book, with images by well-known Italian photographer Giovanni Gastel, communicates 23 stories of fine arts and crafts throughout various regions of Italy.
|La nobiltá del Fare cover–courtesy of Acqua di Parma|
Acqua di Parma displayed scenes from the book in the gallery at the Metropolitan Club, at which a dinner was held in celebration of the ballet performance and the launch of this beautiful book, a work of art in itself. This was my first visit to the exclusive club; the interior was breathtaking and the food, delicious. And, I was privileged to receive a copy of La nobiltá del Fare!
Acqua di Parma is widely known for its luxury fragrances; particularly, its original, signature scent, Colonia, which was created in 1916. A bottle of this classic fragrance was included in my bright yellow Acqua di Parma gift bag.
|Acqua di Parma, the essence of Italian Style © Giovanni Gastel|
Acqua di Parma has continued to expand and evolve, particularly over the past decade, adding additional fragrances, bath and body products, candles, and more. The line continues to be one of the most influential lifestyle brands in Italy –– always luxurious, and eternally epitomizing the essence of Italian style.
Thanks to Acqua di Parma and Roberto Bolle for a night I won’t soon forget.
Here are some additional images from this special occasion!
|Elegance inside the dining room at the Metropolitan club at the Acqua di Parma gala event.|
|Here I am after the gala with my bright yellow Acqua di Parma gift bag! Bellissimo!|