(b Milan, 14 Mar. 1940)
Italian dancer and choreographer. He studied ballet at La Scala Ballet School and also Spanish dance with Antonio Marin in Madrid, making his debut at La Scala in 1958. He moved to Rome Opera House in 1966, becoming principal in 1968 and with his powerful technique and stage charisma soon became one of Italy's star dancers. He freelanced with several companies and also began choreographing in 1967 with Escursioni (mus. Berio) in Spoleto. Other works include Oggetto amato (mus. Bussotti, La Scala, 1976). In 1979 he became director of Aterballetto raising its status from a small experimental group to an ambitious independent ballet company with a broad repertory of largely 20th-century works and well-known guests, including Terabust. He choreographed several ballets for it and also staged Romeo and Juliet (1987) and The Nutcracker (1989). He left in 1997 to become director of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, then from 2003 was director of Teatro Massimo in Sicily. He continues to choreograph.