Nowadays there are many Italian artists working in the major dance companies of the world: stars, choreographers and young talents who stand out in the most important theaters, from the Opéra de Paris to the New York City Ballet, from the English National Ballet in London to the San Francisco Ballet. Their biographies are stories of perseverance and total commitment, marked by turning points and an adventurous spirit. Their dance tells the story of Italian artistic emigration: individual, winning journeys towards excellence.

A unique evening event is dedicated to these Italian stars in the world, conceived for the 62nd edition of the Festival of Two Worlds, which will take place from June 28th to July 14th. This prestigious group will be led by Eleonora Abbagnato, the protagonist of one of the most enthralling success stories of an Italian artist abroad, now star of one of the major theaters in the world, the Paris Opera, and director of the ballet company at the Rome Opera.

The program of the international gala, curated by Daniele Cipriani, ranges from the great classical repertoire to pieces signed by great contemporary choreographers, up to the original creations of young Italian authors. An opportunity to admire the dance performances we already know and love, expressed at the highest technical and interpretative levels, but also to discover a new and original choreographic trend, of Italian origin, which is maturing and growing in the world.

The special guest of the gala is Eleonora Abbagnato, the first Italian dancer to be nominated étoile at the Ballet de l´Opéra de Paris.
Among the other Italian stars, coming from different international companies, who interpret some of the most famous pieces of the classical repertoire: Davide Dato, from Biella, since 2016 Erste Solotänzer of the Wiener Staatsballett, protagonist of the main productions of the Viennese company; Gabriele Frola, from Aosta, nominated in 2018 Principal of the National Ballet of Canada and, at the same time, of the English National Ballet who performs in the famous Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote by choreographer Petipa; Rachele Buriassi, soloist at the Boston Ballet.
And then, among the youngest, Davide Riccardo, eighteen years old from Messina who graduated from the School of American Ballet and, since August 2018, the first Italian at the New York City Ballet, and six Italian dancers from the Stuttgart Ballet: Fabio Adorisio, Daniele Silingardi, Alessandro Giaquinto, Matteo Miccini, Vittoria Girelli and Elisa Ghisalberti.
They present repertoire pieces from the companies of great choreographers of the twentieth century, the Italians: Damiano Ottavio Bigi, artist of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, company dedicated to the work of its founder Pina Bausch; Davide Riccardo of the New York City Ballet, who presents Andantino by Jerome Robbins in a tribute to the American choreographer who was very attached to the town of Spoleto; Davide Dato of the Wiener Staatsballett, protagonist of Tarantella by George Balanchine.

From the program, the limelight is on the creations of some of the most popular choreographers on the contemporary scene: Claudio Cangialosi, from the Vlaanderen Opera Ballet, dances a piece by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Sasha Riva and Simone Repele, formerly at John Neumeier´s Hamburg Ballett and now at the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, perform in a creation by Marco Goecke.
The national premiere also includes the creations of young Italian authors whose talent has been acknowledged abroad: Alessandro Giaquinto and Fabio Adorisio, of the Stuttgart Ballet, present two creations (for the Festival of Spoleto) interpreted by six Italian dancers from the same company.
Among the guest artists: Nikisha Fogo and Liudmila Konovalova - Wiener Staatsoper, Megan LeCrone - New York City Ballet, Nancy Osbaldeston - Opera Ballet Vlaanderen.