A short clip featuring Wim Vanlessen (unfortunately I do not know who the ballerina is) in Nicolo Fonte's Cornered, which premiered in Antwerp in 2007:
"Cornered" from Nicolo Fonte on Vimeo.
"Fonte's "Cornered"... to a collage of string music from Ross
Edwards, Gavin Bryars and Philip Glass, was an intensely thoughtful work
for four couples. Fonte possesses a highly original dance language,
fluid and complex, and exhilarating to watch."
Judith Delme / Dance Europe
Choreographer Nicolo Fonte is known for his daring and original approach
to dance. His work has been noted by critics for a unique movement
language as well as a highly developed fusion of ideas, dance and
design. Born in Brooklyn New York, Fonte started dancing at the age of
14. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York as well as at
the San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet Schools while
completing a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts at SUNY Purchase. Upon
graduation he danced with Peridance in NYC and later joined Les Grands
Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, dancing in the works of Balanchine,
Tudor, Kudelka and Spaniard Nacho Duato. Fonte subsequently joined
Duato's Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid and forged a strong
identity in the Spanish company for seven years - for both his dancing
and his choreography. En los Segundos Ocultos, (In Hidden Seconds),
one of three ballets Fonte made for the Spanish company, was hailed as a
breakthrough work of great impact with the poetic vision of a mature
artist and indeed this ballet established his presence on the European
In 2000 Fonte retired from performing to devote himself full-time to his
choreographic career. Since that time he has created or staged his
ballets for The Dutch National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Royal Danish
Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, Royal Ballet of Flanders,
Stuttgart Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Göteborg Ballet, The
Finnish National Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Oregon Ballet
Theatre, The Perm Tchaikovsky Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballett
Mainz, Ballett Nürnberg, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Complexions Contemporary
Ballet, TANZ Ensemble Cathy Sharp, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Tulsa
Ballet, Ballet British Columbia and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.
Fonte received a Choo San Goh award for his 2002 collaboration with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Almost Tango, of which R.M. Campbell of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote, "Fonte
is a thinker, an architect who creates the new rather than reinvent the
old. He is a master of manipulating space and creating relationships".
Almost Tango was also voted as one of Dance Europe's "Best Premiere's when it was re-staged for The Australian Ballet in 2004.
From 2002 to 2006 Nicolo enjoyed an ongoing creative partnership with
The Göteborg Ballet in Sweden, creating and staging numerous works that
helped establish the company's distinct profile. While in Göteborg he
created his first full-length ballet, based on the life of Tchaikovsky.
Widely acclaimed in the international press for Fonte's marriage of
narrative skill and a contemporary choreographic language, Re: Tchaikovsky
appeared on the "Best of 2005" lists of both Ballett-Tanz and Dance
Europe. Fonte has also played an important role in the ongoing
development of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet as one of that company's most
popular guest choreographers. To date he has created seven highly
successful works for ASFB that have toured throughout the US and
overseas. Nicolo Fonte has recently been named Resident Choreographer
for Ballet West, in Salt Lake City starting with the 2012-2013 season.
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