Benois de la Danse nominee

Davide Dato was born in 1990 in Biella, Italy and graduated at the age of 17 with high marks fromthe School of the Vienna State Opera. He continued his dance training at the School of American Ballet in New York.

Dato joined the Vienna State Ballet in 2008, and in 2011 he was appointed DemiSoloist of the Wiener Staatsballett. Two years later he was promoted to Soloist, and in 2016 he was appointed Principal Dancer.He has performed as a soloist in modern as well as in the most classical productions of the Vienna State Opera's repertoire, including the much anticipated and celebrated New Years’concert live from Vienna that is broadcast around the world. He has been a guest performer in Japan, Russia, America and Europe.

Dato has danced at many international festivals and been awarded a plethora of prizes, including the Second Prize of the International Ballet Competition Premio Roma (2008);the GrinskoPrize; Hope of the Ballet World Prize (2008);
Orsod’Oro and Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Turin (2008); Gold Medal and the First Prize at the International Competition in Istanbul (2008).

He was named Promising Talent of the Ballet by the Vienna State Opera Ballet Club (2010); given the Anita Bucchi Prize for the Best Italian Dancer 2010; Best Italian Dancer abroad (2010, Danza&Danza);Premio Guido Lauri for Upcoming Artist (2011); Maria Antonietta Berlusconi Award for Best Male Dancer (2011); Giuliana Penzi Award as Best Italian Dancer (2014);Positano Leonide Massine Positano Prize for Male Dancer of the Year on the Italian Scene (2015); and the Capri International Award (2016). He was named Dancer of the Year 2016 by Dance Magazine Tanz.

Dato has performed more than 50 solo and principal roles with the Vienna State Ballet in ballets by Rudolf Nureyev, Frederik Ashton, Michael Corder, Jorma Elo, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Wachtang Tschabukiani (Pas de six from Laurencia), John Neumeiers, Jiří Kylián, Nils Christe, Manuel Legris, Maurice Bejart, Patrick de Bana, William Forsythe, David Dawson, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Thierry Malandain, Christopher Wheeldon, Pierre Lacotte, August Bournonville, Pierre Lacotte, Peter Wright, John Cranko, Gyula Harangozó, Roland Petit, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan, Jiri Bubenicek, AndraschLucka and Stephan Thoss.