Vito Mazzeo wins Premio Valore for his role in Roméo et Juliette
Vito Mazzeo, principal dancer with Dutch National Ballet, has received the Premio Valore, the award for an exceptional dance achievement, for his interpretation of the role of Le Père Laurence in the production Roméo et Juliette by the German choreographer Sasha Waltz. Vito Mazzeo danced this role last season in the first joint production in the history of Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Opera. Vito was presented with the award at a gala in the open-air theatre Certosa di San Giacomo in Capri, Italy.
The Italian dancer trained at the ballet school of La Scala in Milan, and he went on to dance with The Royal Ballet, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and San Francisco Ballet successively. Vito’s transition to Dutch National Ballet in 2013 was prompted by his admiration for the company’s varied repertoire and particularly by his interest in the work of Hans van Manen. Vito has previously won the Premio Postiano Léonide Massine and the Danza&Danza Award for ‘best dancer of the year’.
Photo: Vito Mazzeo in Roméo et Juliette (Monika Rittershaus).