Dance, at Caracalla Gran Gala with Maia Makhateli and Jacopo Tissi

Also on stage on 23 July are the étoiles, the principal dancers, the soloists and the corps de ballet directed by Eleonora Abbagnato, with Maestro Alvise Casellati on the podium

Last appointment, as part of the Caracalla Festival 2023, dedicated to ballet on July 23 (at 21) with the Gran Gala di Danza. Unique for a very special event involving the guest stars, Maia Makhateli and Jacopo Tissi, and those of the Rome Opera House, the étoiles Alessandra Amato, Rebecca Bianchi, Susanna Salvi and Alessio Rezza, the principal dancers Claudio Cocino and Michele Satriano, the soloists and the corps de ballet. The music is performed by the Rome Opera Theater Orchestra conducted by Alvise Casellati.

Do not miss another show scheduled the same evening, before the Gala. That of the Students of the Dance School, also directed by Eleonora Abbagnato, at 7 pm at the Teatro del Portico, a new space created for the Festival’s ‘Off’ billboard, obtained thanks to the reopening of the Temple of Jupiter, which has returned to visitors after decades. For the Gran Gala di Danza, after Roberto Bolle and Friends, two other international guests, Maia Makhateli and Jacopo Tissi, will arrive on the big stage of the Terme on 23 June. They are the ones who open the evening. Accompanied by the solo dancers and the corps de ballet of the Capitoline Foundation, they dance the ‘Grand Pas’ from the second act of Paquita, to Petipa’s choreography taken up by Eleonora Abbagnato and Gillian Whittingham.

The programme, divided into two parts by an interval, then consists of pas de deux from ‘Il Corsaro’ by José Carlos Martínez (performers Susanna Salvi and Alessio Rezza) and ‘Swan Lake’ by Petipa (performers Maia Makhateli and Jacopo Tissi), from the all-male pas de deux from Petit’s ‘Proust ou les intermittences du coeur’, taken up by Luigi Bonino (interpreters Michele Satriano and Giacomo Castellana) and from the solo by Alessandra Amato dancing ‘The dying swan’ by Michel Fokine, taken up by Eleonora Abbagnato. The grand finale is entrusted to the notes and the pressing rhythm of Ravel’s Bolero with the choreography created by Krzysztof Pastor in 2012.

The Bolero occupies a special place in the history of music and dance, and the ballet version that has marked history and still stands as an icon today is the legendary one by Maurice Béjart. The Bolero has always been conceived ‘in a circle’ generally with a round table in the center of the stage on which a soloist, woman or man, dances and the other dancers all around. Pastor chooses to use a large rectangular space and to entrust the execution of his Bolero to a man and a woman, a main couple which in this case is formed by Rebecca Bianchi and Claudio Cocino, with a corps de ballet that incorporates them and release.

The show sees the costumes of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma designed by Anna Biagiotti, those of ‘Il Corsaro’ are by Francesco Zito, those of ‘Bolero’ by Tatjana van Walsum. Jean-Michel Désiré signs the lights. The videos are by Igor Renzetti. On July 23rd, therefore, the Students of the Dance School of the Rome Opera directed by Eleonora Abbagnato return to the stage, after the Saggio Spettacolo on July 15th at the Costanzi. Before the Gran Gala di Danza, at 7 pm at the Teatro del Portico, the young dancers will perform two titles, ‘Raymonda Suite’ by Marius Petipa and ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ by Davide Bombana. The choreographic pieces that make up Raymonda’s Suite are taken up by the teachers of the Ioulia Sofina School (‘Mazurka’ and ‘Hungarian Dance’), and Ofelia Gonzalez and Pablo Moret (‘Grand pas classique’).

‘The Carnival of the Animals’ to the music of Camille Saint-Saëns in the choreographic version by Davide Bombana is the first to be designed for a young audience, with an important ecological message. Always love and respect animals and nature. The Italian choreographer, of clear international renown, avoids any form of abstraction and intellectualism, remains faithful to the concept of divertissement conceived by the composer and proposes a series of heterogeneous dances in style with multiform and colorful atmospheres, aimed at describing the animal world in its joy instinctive and messy.