Ballet star Bolle bowls over İstanbul audience

July 21, 2011, Thursday/ 17:00:00

Wednesday evening saw ballet superstar Robert Bolle take to the İstanbul Cemil Topuzlu Open-air Theater accompanied by 10 of Europe’s most talented dancers in the first of two nights of his enchanting show, “Roberto Bolle and Friends,” the second of which will take place on Thursday evening.

As the first time that the 36-year-old heartthrob has performed in İstanbul, both local and foreign fans flocked to the premiere show to see a man widely recognized as one of the greatest male dancers of his generation, perform in his element, the Anatolia agency reported Wednesday.

In a humanitarian aspect of the show, Bolle, who has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 1999, announced that part of the proceeds from both nights of the gala will to be donated to two charity organizations -- Açık Kapı (Open Door), an organization that provides counseling and psychotherapy to socially deprived children, and Bir Dilek Tut Turkiye (Make A Wish Turkey), which seeks to support children fighting against life-threatening diseases.

Bolle will continue on from İstanbul to the cultural hub of Rome where he will be performing for an audience of 20,000.

Discovered by renowned Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev at the age of 14, Bolle is currently principal guest artist at La Scala in Milan and principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in New York. İstanbul Today’s Zaman with wires

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