Roberto Bolle & Friends will travel to China for the first time after the summer. On 27 and 28 September an international collection of dancers will present classical and modern dance pieces in Shanghai's Cultural Square. Bolle said that he also wants Chinese dancers to take part.
I'll also be the artistic director of the gala and invite the dancers personally, and show everyone the diverse aspects of dance,
he said, adding,
I think Chinese artists and dancers are very good now. I like the city and its energy. Shanghai is becoming more and more important in the world. It's like the biggest centre in the world, and I think it will become even more bigger in a cultural way. So I think it's important for me to come here and to present myself and my work.
Italian Consul General Vincenzo De Luca said,
Of course, Shanghai is becoming more and more an international capital of culture and lifestyle. There's an increasing exchange between Italy and China. So that's why we are trying to promote more and more events here in Shanghai.
In fact, the Italian Pavilion from the 2010 World Expo has been turned into an exhibition centre. It reopened to the public in May 2012 with displays including Italian jewellery, design, and sports cars.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.