Jacopo Tissi, the young Italian ballet dancer who premiered at La Scala, has signed a contract to dance with the Bolshoi Theater ballet troupe.
In Italy, some call Jacopo Tissi as the successor of the legendary Roberto Bolle. Jacopo Tissi is quite tall for a ballet dance - 187 cm. He is good-looking, with a Scandinavian kind of beauty. A well sculptured and flexible body, and an innocent, angelic face. His congenial elegance and refined movements promise him leading roles as princes and other blue blooded individuals.
Jacopo Tissi finished the La Scala Ballet School at the top of his class. But he started learning ballet since he was five years old. When he was five, he saw The Swan Lake ballet and fell in love with this elegant dance. After graduating from La Scala Ballet School he went on to dance at the Vienna State Ballet, but returned to La Scala after one season. At La Scala he danced leading roles in such ballets as Tchaikovsky’s "The Sleeping Beauty," Kenneth MacMillan's "Manon," and Bigonzetti's "Cinderella." In "The Sleeping Beauty," choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, Jacopo Tissi danced with the prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova.
Jacopo Tissi has a very interesting routine for getting ready for performances. Besides spending most of his time in the repetition hall, going over all of the moves, he reads and studies on the selected works, and tries to get a feel for all the intricate relationships between the characters. Jacopo is also a fan of watching past performances of his predecessors.
Jacopo performed on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre for the first time during the gala concert dedicated to the great Maris Liepa. He danced in the "Le Spectre de la rose" short. But the critic reviews were mixed - the only thing that they could agree on is that Jacopo is like a rough diamond - with enough pressure and proper patronage he can become a beautiful and a talented dancer. And this is something that Jacopo Tissi hopes he can achieve at the Bolshoi Theater.
Currently, Jacopo Tissi is studying Russian. A chance to dance at the Bolshoi Theater, and to be part of the troupe, is unique. It isn't every day that the Moscow Company offers outsiders a contract. Most of the dancers at the troupe are from inside the ex-Soviet Union borders - they're "homegrown." The young dancer hopes to dance in the Diamonds part of Balanchine's "Jewels." And we wish him good luck - may he thrive with the whole troupe.