(b Rome, 25 Feb. 1960)
Italian dancer, choreographer, and company director. He trained at the Rome Opera Ballet School and danced with the Rome Opera Ballet as a soloist. In 1982 he joined Aterballetto, and danced with the company until 1993. He began to choreograph in 1990; his first work, Sei in movimento (mus. Bach), was taken into the repertoire of the Rome Opera Ballet. In the early 1990s he worked extensively with Italy's Balletto di Toscana, for whom he made Turnpike (mus. Bach, 1991), a piece inspired by America's highways, and Mediterranea (1993), a full-length ballet inspired by the cultural mix of people who live by the Mediterranean. The latter was so successful that it became Balletto di Toscana's signature work. Bigonzetti made his international debut as a choreographer with English National Ballet, for whom he choreographed X. N. Tricities (1994) and Symphonic Dances (mus. Rachmaninoff, 1995). His works tend to be abstract in approach and while grounded in the classical vocabulary can push their dancers to extreme physical limits. In 1997 he became artistic director of Aterballetto and during his first season he made six ballets, among them Persephassa (mus. Xenakis), Furia Corporis (mus. Beethoven), and Comoedia, the first part of a trilogy inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy (the final part of which was premiered in 2000). In 2008 he retired as director while remaining the company's resident choreographer. He has also made works for other companies, including the Stuttgart Ballet, the Berlin State Ballet (including Caravaggio, 2008), Ballet National de Marseilles, Ballet Argentino, and New York City Ballet (including Oltramare, mus. Bruno Moretti, 2008).