It is a way “to celebrate the return, after a hard and painful period”, the tour that Roberto Bolle is about to undertake in some of the most beautiful locations in Italy, from the ancient theater of Taormina to the Terme di Caracalla, to the Arena di Verona. in piazza della Santissima Annunziata in Florence. ‘Bolle and Friends’ is back, with a company that includes renowned artists from all over the world, from the first dancers of the Royal Ballet of London Vadim Muntagirov to Fumi Kaneko to the soloist Melissa Hamilton to the young Toon Lobach, to the Ukrainian Anastasia Matvienk. And it returns starting with the “challenge” of eight shows in a row at the Arcimboldi theater in Milan where this new edition of the show of which Bolle is the creator and soul will make its debut on 18 June. “I wanted time to rediscover my audience and the artists I collaborate with, I wanted to film the scene, the feeling”, the étoile who last December raised his voice, denouncing the situation in a hearing to the Culture Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, explains to ANSA of dance companies. The echo of those words “served to get to the establishment of a dance table – he claims -, to be able to give indications on how to radically change dance in Italy, to reverse the cuts and the continuous impoverishment of the last thirty years . It is a historical possibility “. Meanwhile, he continues in his main commitment: to make dance known. “Everything I do – he says – has the aim of broadening the audience, of bringing it to the theater. We need a new, young audience that doesn’t know dance. It’s not that they don’t appreciate it or understand it, it doesn’t he knows it “. For this he will return for a new edition from 2 to 5 September in Milan OnDance, the event that brings dance throughout the city. And for this reason his broadcast on Rai 1 will also return. But his hope is above all that “the public will come so that the dance must be seen live. I hope – he adds – that those who have seen the show on TV will want to come to the theater because dance must be seen live, where the artists give their best “. And finally they can perform with a full capacity theater and, from June 15, with the public without masks. What the public will be able to see is a show “always with lots of novelties” promises the étoile della Scala with “some fixed points, such as the alternation of the classical and contemporary repertoire and the search for new pieces”. Il Corsaro, Il lago dei Cigni, Don Quixote are on the program with choreographies such as O and SENTieri by Philippe Kratz. Roberto Bolle will dance in five pieces. Duel is an absolute first of these, made for him by Massimiliano Volpini with music for drums specially written by Giuseppe Cacciola. A duel between him and a drummer, which becomes “a challenge with oneself, represents the overcoming of one’s limits”. A song “with a more rock imprint, never done by a classical dancer” that comes after In Your Black Eyes a “very emotional solo on the music of Ezio Bosso”. “It will be – he promises – a moment of rebirth”.