'Fonte's Steep Drop, Euphoric, a gorgeous, emotionally rich piece. From the first moments, when a single dancer stands silhouetted against a long scroll of material, I was so caught up in the beauty and drama of what was taking place on stage it felt as though I was holding my breath. Fonte’s choreography effectively translates the inner movements of the mind into physical movement. Flora Ward / theartblog, February, 2019
'The standout of the night, Nicolo Fonte’s Steep Drop, Euphoric, is a gleefully dramatic and technically challenging closer.' Miryam Coppersmith / thINKig DANCE
Grace Action... was the company's greatest hit with the audience. Anyone can see why. It has stunning lighting by Brad Fields, with 12 search light-like lamps creating different beams across the stage (we might be in a planetarium); the dancers are dressed by Martha Chamberlain in midnight blue; and the Philip Glass music is easy on the ear. Mr. Fonte's dances are likewise very easy on the eye, and this is the finest work I have seen by him. It features handsome group configurations and arresting motifs, notably a descending gesture of one curved arm, variously embroidered into the dances… the prettiness is exceptional.
Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
”Fox on the Doorstep” is an aesthetic wonder — rich in design and depth, contrasts and textures. Dancers seem to adopt a new dialect within the ballet language when performing Fonte’s choreography. Whether his messages are heavily abstracted or nonexistent, audience members will come away inspired spiritually and emotionally."
Heather Hayes, The Desert News
Nicolo Fonte's See(k) is memorable for the sheer beauty of the visual and aural relationship. Fonte's choreography takes an explicit balletic direction, using extended lines and soaring jumps to exploit (The Houston Ballet's) strong technical base. In the central pas de deux he introduces moments of fluid lyricism in wrapping and folding sequences, sensitively interpreted by Melissa Hough and Connor Walsh." - Maggie Foyer, Dance Europe
Choreographer Nicolo Fonte is known for his daring and original approach to dance. His work has been noted by critics for a unique movement language as well as a highly developed fusion of ideas, dance and design.
Born in Brooklyn New York, Fonte started dancing at the age of 14. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York as well as at the San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet Schools while completing a BA in Fine Arts at SUNY Purchase. Upon graduation he danced with Peridance in NYC and later joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, dancing in the works of Balanchine, Tudor, Kudelka and Nacho Duato.
Fonte subsequently joined Duato's Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid and forged a strong identity in the Spanish company over seven years - for both his dancing and his choreography. En los Segundos Ocultos, (In Hidden Seconds), one of three ballets Fonte made for the Spanish company, was hailed as a breakthrough work of great impact with the poetic vision of a mature artist and indeed this ballet established his presence on the European dance scene.
In 2000, Fonte retired from performing to devote himself full-time to his choreographic career. Since that time he has created and staged his ballets for The Dutch National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stuttgart Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Göteborg Ballet, The Finnish National Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Perm Tchaikovsky Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballett Mainz, Ballett Nürnberg, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, TANZ Ensemble Cathy Sharp, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Queensland Ballet.
Fonte received a Choo San Goh award for his 2002 collaboration with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Almost Tango, of which R.M. Campbell of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote, "Fonte is a thinker, an architect who creates the new rather than reinvent the old. He is a master of manipulating space and creating relationships".
Almost Tango was also voted as one of Dance Europe's "Best Premiere's when it was re-staged for The Australian Ballet in 2004.
From 2002 to 2006 Nicolo enjoyed an ongoing creative partnership with The Göteborg Ballet in Sweden, creating and staging numerous works that helped establish the company's distinct profile. While in Göteborg he created his first full-length ballet, based on the life of Tchaikovsky. Widely acclaimed in the international press for Fonte's marriage of narrative skill and a contemporary choreographic language, Re: Tchaikovsky appeared on the "Best of 2005" lists of both Ballett-Tanz and Dance Europe. Fonte has also played an important role in the ongoing development of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet as one of that company's most popular guest choreographers. To date he has created eight highly successful works for ASFB that have toured throughout the US and overseas.
In 2012/13, Nicolo was appointed Resident Choreographer for Ballet West, in Salt Lake City and in 2016/17 also became Resident Choreographer at Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Recent commissions include Steep Drop, Euphoric, for Ballet X and new works for Ballet West. In 2018, Nicolo created Carmina Burana for Cincinnati Ballet and Love's Lost Idols for Astana Ballet in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
2019/20 sees staging of Nicolo's acclaimed Bolero for Nevada Ballet Theatre and Ballet West. In November 2020, Ballet West presented the triumphant world premiere of Nicolo's Faraway Close, one of the only live performances presented in the USA during COVID-19.