Giulia Tonelli

Klassisches Ballett

Foto © Markus Kehl

Born in Saint Julien en Genevois, France, she grew up in Pisa, Italy.

She started her professional studies with the Ballet School of „Il Balletto di Toscana“ in Florence, Italy. In 2001 she followed the Master and Theater Class in Vienna and in June 2002 she was awarded the diploma from the Wiener Staatsoper Ballettschule“. Renato Zanella, then Director of the Staatsoper Ballett, offered her a contract.

In 2003 she received the first prize and gold medal at the Eurocity International Ballet Competition, and Robert Denvers, Director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders and head of the jury offered her a contract as a member of his company. In 2009 she got a soloist contract with the Zurich Ballet and started to co-operate with Heinz Spoerli, who was succeeded by Christian Spuck in 2012. She was promoted to First Soloist in 2018.

Her repertoire includes Giselle (Giselle, Robert Denvers), The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydee), Apollon Musagete (George Balanchine), Falling Angels, Duo aus 27’52“, and Gods and Dogs (Jiri Kylián), Und mied den wind (Heinz Spörli), In the night (Jerome Robbins), Leonce und Lena (Lena), Romeo und Julia (Julia), Messa da Requiem, Nussknacker und Mausekönig (Pirlipatt), Montecerdi (Christian Spuck), Giselle (Peasant Pas, Patrice Bart), Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Aleksei Ratmansky), In the Middle – Somewhat Elevated, Quintett, Second Detail, Approximate Sonata, One flat thing, reproduced (Forsythe), Kammerballett (Hans van Manen), Emergence, Angel’s Atlas (Chrystal Pite), Faust – das Ballett (Gretchen, Edward Clug), and many others.

For the „Young Choreographers“ series she presented with Melissa Ligurga the pieces Mind Games and Klastos. 2013 she was awarded the Premio Giuliano-Penzi. 2017 she received the Price of the Friends of Ballet Zurich. In 2018 and 2022 she was nominated best female dancer by Eurodance Magazine. In 2023 she was Dancer of the Year 2023 in She received the Premio “Numeri Uno 2023”, given by the ItalianEmbassy in Switzerland for Italianss that distinguished themselves in strengthening the Swiss-Italian ties. In 2021 she created the ballett evening „Re-Salire“ as an online event. She was the main character of the documentary „Becoming Giulia“ by Laura Kaehr, which won the „Publikumspreis“ at the Zurich Film Festival


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