The Buzz About Choreographer Nicolo Fonte Keeps Growing
Anyone’s list of the most exciting and interesting choreographers working in ballet today has to include Nicolo Fonte, who keeps generating more and more buzz with each new production. Nicolo is one of only a handful of choreographers whose work is consistently seen and produced by major companies in both Europe and the U.S. – consistently sharing bills with giants such as Balanchine, Forsythe and Kylian and creating works for a veritable host of companies around the world.
Fonte’s newest work, “The Immeasurable Cadences Within”, for Ballet West, will premiere May 14 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City. This dance for 12, to music for solo cello by Philip Glass, follows on the heels of Nicolo’s hugely successful narrative ballet for North Carolina Dance Theatre, “Spellbound By Beauty” – inspired by the life and films of Alfred Hitchcock. That daring work, premiered in February, inspired critics to use the words “riveting” “gorgeous” and “extraordinary”, and then pair them with “eerie”, “creepy” and the phrase “causes the hair to stand up on your arms” – so you know something special has been created.
In between these two creations, Nicolo has staged his “Left Unsaid” for both Ballet Austin and Oregon Ballet Theatre. The critics in Oregon (and the audiences everywhere) were ecstatic in their praise.
After spending the entire winter/spring working with US companies, Nicolo returns to Europe in July to complete his first commission for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and then, in September returns to the Dutch National Ballet for his second work there. Other upcoming productions in Europe include a fourth creation for The Royal Ballet of Flanders and a staging of “Cornered” for The Finnish National Ballet. Productions in the US for next season include OBT’s revival of his hit “Bolero” from last year, a new production of the same work for The Washington Ballet and the staging of his break-through work “In Hidden Seconds” for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.