© Filip Van Roe
© Filip Van Roe

Demis Volpi is an Argentinian-German choreographer and opera director. He has created over 30 pieces world wide, which have been acclaimed by a broad range of audiences. The Goethe Institute has listed Volpi as one of 50 Choreographers of Contemporary Dance in Germany.

 

 

The choreographer has been awarded with the Erik Bruhn Prize in 2011, the Chilean Cultural Critics' Award in 2012 and the German Dance Prize Future in 2014. He was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse in 2017 for his full length ballet Salome and was named Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2017 in the critics’ choice of the magazine Opernwelt after his successful premiere of Death in Venice - a co-production between the Opera Stuttgart, the Stuttgart Ballet and the John Cranko School. Death in Venice is nominated for the 2018 International Opera Awards as Best New Production. Demis Volpi was a member of the jury of the Prix de Lausanne 2018.

Demis Volpi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began dancing at the age of four and trained with illustrious teachers such as Mario Galizzi, Wilhelm Burmann, Andrea Candela, Silvia Bazilis and Loipa Araujo. After spending a year at the Escuela de Danza del Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, he was accepted into Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto, where he graduated with honors. From 2002 to 2004 he attended the Academy of the John Cranko School in Stuttgart where he received his diploma as a State-Approved Ballet Dancer.

He immediately became an apprentice with the Stuttgart Ballet and in the following year he was taken into the corps de ballet, which he was a part of until 2013. During his time as a dancer, Demis Volpi danced both the company's classical and modern repertoire.

In 2006 Demis Volpi started to work as a choreographer by creating four pieces on four consecutive years for the Noverre Society's Young Choreographers.

Volpi was then commissioned to create works for American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Augsburg, Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe and Ballet de Santiago de Chile before choreographing his first full length ballet - Krabat. After the world premiere of this work, Demis Volpi was appointed Resident Choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet, a position he held until 2017. Krabat became the company’s biggest box office success in 20 years.
 

Demis Volpi went on to choreograph for companies such as Ballet Nacional del Sodre in Uruguay, DanceWorks Chicago, Ballett im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, The Latvian National Ballet, Ballet Dortmund and Canada’s National Ballet School - where he was appointed Guest Artist in Residence in 2014. In that same year, Demis Volpi staged his first opera - Fetonte by Niccolò Jommelli - for the Winter Festival in Schwetzingen, Germany.

In March 2015 Volpi premiered A Soldier's Tale based on Igor Strawinsky's complex score. The choreographer created the role of The Devil for Alicia Amatriain, for which she received the German theater prize Der Faust and the world's most prestigious ballet award, the Prix Benois de la Danse.

Volpi continues to explore the possibilities of story ballets and has created successful productions of The Nutcracker for the Ballet of Flanders and Salome for the Stuttgart Ballet and keeps broadening his vocabulary with pieces such as Death in Venice, in which he overcomes the limits of different theatre genres.