Italian dancer Jacopo Tissi has been promoted to the top rank of the Bolshoi Company dancers in Moscow. Tissi is now a Principal Dancer alongside Artemy Belyakov, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Mikhail Lobukhin, Vyacheslav Lopatin, Artem Ovcharenko, Denis Rodkin, Denis Savin, and Igor Tsvirko, who has also been promoted.
He was congratulated by many of his Bolshoi colleagues on social media, including his frequent partner, Svetlana Zakharova.
The 26-year-old joined the Vienna State Ballet on graduating from La Scala’s ballet school in 2014. A year later he joined La Scala’s corps de ballet, and in 2016 he bravely left the company for Moscow. The gamble has paid off.
Below are three interviews with Gramilano: in 2016, just after he’d arrived at the Bolshoi, where he talks about his motivation for going to Moscow – a year later where he talks about his experiences with the company – and in 2019 where he talked about his career so far.
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.