Stunning, stunning, stunning. First and foremost, if you are, or someone you know, is a lover of ballet then this book is the perfect gift. One of the world's best dancers being photographed in so many different ways really showcases his craft, however, more than that, Roberto Bolle could have always been a professional model and his looks, posture and presence are all the for the camera to capture. A collectible book worth collecting. You will be the envy of your friends with this book on your shelf.
Reviewed by Tony Nash, Booktopia's CEO.
P.S. The whole look and feel of the book needs to be described a little further, it is a beautiful hardcover with a fabulous black cloth fabric finish on the spine and back cover. Then the photo you can see on this product page is on the front cover with a bit of the fabric from the spine just to the left of the photo. The reason I mention that is it feels really lovely to hold in the hands. It is about the size of an A4 piece of paper so it is not too heavy and makes it very easy to enjoy this divine book.
Indispensable for all lovers of dance.
Includes photographs from photo shoots around the globe.
Illustrations by Paul Cadmus and Jeremiah Goodman.
Roberto Bolle: An Athlete In Tights is a new photography book by Bruce Weber that celebrates his three-year collaboration with the Italian ballet sensation.
Roberto Bolle was born in Casale Monferrato, Italy. At a young age, he entered the Teatro alla Scala ballet school. Rudolf Nureyev was the first to notice his talent and chose Roberto to interpret Tadzio in the ballet Death in Venice.
In 1996, at the end of a Romeo and Juliet performance, and just 2 years after he joined the Theatre Company, Roberto was promoted to principal by Elisabetta Terabust who was at that time the Director of the Corp de Ballet. Since then he has starred in many contemporary and classical ballets and he has been invited as a guest artist to work with the most prestigious ballet companies in the world.
In recent years, his international acclaim has only grown. Roberto is now the first male Italian ballet dancer to join the American Ballet Theatre as a principal.
In his new monograph, Bruce Weber has captured the spectacular convergence of artistry and physicality in this dance phenomenon, the grace and beauty that have captivated Roberto’s audiences around the world.
The book is largely pictorial in nature [127 duotone and 24 color plates] with original photography and writing by Bruce Weber, original writing by Roberto Bolle, texts by D.H. Lawrence and Pier Paolo Passolini, and illustrations by Paul Cadmus and Jeremiah Goodman.