Dancs-Piran 2021: Advance & Professional workshop of Classical ballet

Renato Zanella

He is coming from Italy.

He is internationaly recognised ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet master and  pedagogue.

At the International summer ballet camp Mr. Zanella will teach for the first time.

In 2021 he will teach at Dancs-Piran in Advance & Professional workshop of Classical ballet:

  • Classical ballet training
  • Workshop of Corps de ballet repertoire
  • Workshop of Solo repertoire

His biography:

Renato Zanella is a native of Verona, Italy and Director of the Choreo Center Europe since February 2018 based in St Pölten Austria.  He received his first training in Verona before moving on to Rosella Hightower’s “Centre de Danse International” in Cannes where he completed his studies.

He joined in 1982 the Basler Ballet directed by Heinz Spoerli before the engagement in Stuttgart that followed in 1985.  

1993 Marcia Haydée appointed him as Choreographer in residence after a series of creations as “Die andere seite”,“Triptychon”, “Stati d’animo”, “Empty Place”, “Black Angels”, “Man im Schatten” and Mata Hari, created for Marcia Haydé.

This was the beginning of an international career that brought further choreographies for several renowned companies among others as Les Ballet de Monte-Carlo, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, Berlin Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Kroatian National Ballet, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro del San Carlo di Napoli, San Francisco Ballet.

In 1995, was appointed as Ballet Director and chef Choreographer at the Vienna State Opera, position he will detain till 2005. During his ten-year terms he presented close to forty own choreographies ranging from short pieces to full-length evening programmes, as Wolfgang Amadée, Nutcracker, Strauss’ Cinderella, Spartacus, and one act works as Alles Walzer, Le Sacre de printemps, Bolero, Beethoven Opus 73, Renard and Perushka.

During his ten years Zanella has transformed the Vienna Ballet Company into a self-reliant ensemble capable of filling even the great roles by their own dancers and meeting the challenges of the greatest choreographers.

Works from Kylian to van Manen, from Forsythe to Neumeier were presented, as well works from G.Balanchine, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Peter Right and Sir Federick Ashton. Traditional choreographies by Petipa and many treatments by Nurejew were also seen. The ballet’s lovers appreciated the fact that the main focus of Zanella’s was to balance great classical repertory with his creations and the neo classical repertory.

Zanella gave young choreographers from within his corps de ballet a chance of expressing themselves and paid close attention to the training of the next generation of ballet dancers that were nurtured carefully in a ballet school part of the State Opera, he directed from 2001 till 2005, were beside the regular ballet education e started and intensive inclusive program he still cultivated today as national and international level.

From September 2011 till December 2015 he was Ballet Director by the Greek Opera National as the Arena di Verona from 2013 till 2015 and the Bucharest National Ballet from September 2016 till December 2017.  

Since February 2018 leads the department of choreography by the Music School of the capital city of St Pölten in the Low Austria after the invitation of the City Major to establish a specific education program for dancers. The “Choreo Center Europe” is an international educative platform for young choreographers in collaboration with the Europa Ballett and the Academy of music and Art.

In 2009 Zanella branched out into a new field of artistic endeavour by staging operas. His first project “Cosi fan tutte” shown at the “Attersee Klassik-Festival” was highly acclaimed by public and the critics. In 2010, he oversaw the production of “Carmen“,”Traviata“ by the international Festival of the Aegean” in Greece, Faust and I Vespri Siciliani, followed by the Greek National Opera, The Marry Widow, Cavalleria Rusticana and the Bat followed respectively in Mannhein, Verona and Tirana.

The Italian dance magazine “Danza & Danza” awarded him 1995 the title of “best Italian choreographer abroad”. In 2000 he received the “Premio Internazionale Gino Tani” as artist of the year in Rome. 2001 he was given the “Jakob Prandtauer-Preis” in St. Pölten. The same year, “Danza & Danza” acknowledged his work at the Vienna State Opera with the distinction “Best artistic director” and in 2007.

In 2001, the Republic of Austria honoured him with the “Cross of Honour for the Sciences and Arts”. In 2010, the President of the Austrian Republic will honoured him with the title of “Professor” for his career and social activities in Austria and abroad.

Renato Zanella defines himself and his work as a product born out of curiosity and the addiction to continuously experience new things, meet new personalities and talents and receive incessantly new inspirations for his work.


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