Jury member of Benois de la Danse

Benois de la Danse laureate

Choreographer (Italy)

Italian choreographer Davide Bombana was born in Milano where he studied ballet at the Ballet School of La Scala. In 1977 he made his debut in the title role of M. Béjart “Firebird“ with „La Scala Ballet” where from corps de ballet he was promoted to soloist and then principal. He performed as principal dancer in ballets by M. Béjart, G. Tetley, R. Nureyev, J. Robbins, G. Balanchine and L. Falco. He won the “Positano Price“ and the “Bordighera Price“. He was participating at the International Dance Competition in Jackson Mississippi where he won the bronze medal. On an American tour with Teatro alla Scala he dances a the Met acclaimed by the New York critics.

He pursued his career as a principal dancer further in Pennsylvania Ballet (Philadelphia), Scottish Ballet (Glasgow) and London Festival Ballet (London) where he dances important roles of the classical and neo-classical repertoire. Coming back as guest to La Scala Milano in the title role of Crankos „Romeo and Julia” and R. Petits „Proust”.

From 1986 to 1991 he worked as a principal dancer with the Bayerische Staatsballett Munich interpreting principal roles in ballets by J. Neumeier, F. Ashton, J. Cranko, D. Bintley and P. Wright. From 1991 to 1998 he works with the same company as ballet master in collaboration with choreographers such as: Kilian, Van Manen, Preljocaj, Martins and Tharp.

As choreographer, from 1993 to 1998, he creates for the dancers of Bayerisches Staatsballet Munich several abstract and narrative ballets which won national and international dance awards such as “Bayerischer Theaterpreis“ in Munich and „Benois de la Danse” in Moscow.

In 1998 Davide Bombana was appointed director of the company Maggio Danza in Florence where he restaged several ballets and created the full lengths ballet “Teorema” inspired by Pasolini for the 62nd Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

In the last years Mr. Bombana has been creating or reproducing his works as guest choreographer with several international companies like: Paris Opera, Ballet du Rhin and Ballet de Capitole de Toulouse in France; National Ballet of Canada Toronto; Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper und Volksoper Vienna in Austria; Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Aalto Theater Essen, Ballett Thüringen Gera und Ballett Augsburg in Germany; Grand Ballet de Génève in Switzerland; New York Choreographic Institute New York with dancers of the New York City Ballet in U. S. A. ; New English Contemporary Ballet Nottingham in U. K. ; Queensland Ballet Brisbane in Australia; Maggio Danza Florence and Teatro Petruzzelli Bari in Italy; Ballet de Zaragoza in Spain. Some of his ballets have also been presented on tour in Tapei Taiwan and Tokyo Japan.

Many of his works were inspired by masterpieces of the literature such as Woyzeck, Teorema, Phentesilea, Lolita, Faust and Carmen. Some of these ballets were restaged with big success in many different countries.

To mention also his collaboration with prestigious ballet academies for which he created: “Petite Suite en Noir” for the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and then restaged at the John Cranko School Stuttgart Germany, the restaging of “Harpsichord Concert“ for the Academy of the Bolshoi in Moscow, “Camera Oscura“ for the School of American Ballet New York and the full length ballet „IPNOS” for the Academy of Teatro alla Scala di Milano Italy.

He also created the choreography for the video clip „Ad Ogni Costo” by the acclaimed Italian rock star Vasco Rossi danced by Paris Opera Ballerina Eleonora Abbagnato.

Famous artists and designers such as: Rosalie, Giulio Paolini, Ermanno Scervino, Bernard Michel, Michael Simon, Stephen Galloway, Yoshiki Hishinuma, Dorin Gal and Stefan Morgenstern contributed to the realization of his ballets.



Bolzano, Italy, April 2004

Best Italian Choreographer Abroad for “LOLITA” with Grand-Théâtre de Genève (Suisse), «SEPTIÉME LUNE» with Opera National De Paris (France) and “KUNST DER FUGE” with Ballet du Rhin (France)

Moscow, Russia, April 1998

Best Choreographie 1997 for “EIN TRAUMSPIEL” with Bayerisches Staatsballett (Germany)

Munich, Germany, March 1997

Best Ballet Production of german speaking countries “LUIGI-NONO-PROJEKT” with Bayerisches Staatsballett (Germany)

Munich, Germany, July 1996

Best Dance Performance 1996“LUIGI-NONO-PROJEKT” with Bayerisches Staatsballett (Germany)

Munich, Germany, July 1995

Best Dance Performance 1995“WOYZECK-FRAGMENTE” with Bayerisches Staatsballett (Germany)