Daniel Proietto

Danser, Mann, Oslo

Daniel Proietto was born in Argentina.

He was educated as a dancer at the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, where he studied until he joined Ballet de Santiago in Chile, at the age of 16.

He later joined ballet and contemporary dance companies such as the Argentine Theatre, San Martin Theatre, Carte Blanche and most recently the Norwegian National Ballet. There he created roles and performed repertoire by some of the most renowned choreographers of our times, including Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Amanda Miller, Jo Stroemgen, Robyn Orlin, Alexander Ekman, Medhi Walerski and Liam Scarlett, among many others as well as dancing main parts in the classical repertoire (Swan Lake, Le Sylphide, Giselle, to mention a few).

He's been an important contributor to the works of Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Ina Christel Johannessen, creating large parts of the choreographic material and functioning as their assistant.

Since 2005, Daniel has worked closely with dance and theatre director Alan Lucien Oeyen and his company Winter Guests creating roles in several award winning productions as a leading dancer and, most recently, as an actor.

Praised by the international press, among his many accolades, he was nominated ”Outstanding Male Dancer” by the 2004 International Ballet Tanz critic’s survey. He was chosen ”Outstanding Performer” in 2009 by the magazine Dance Europe (ranking 1st, among 170 dance figures), he received the “Outstanding Male Dancer Award” at the UK National

Dance Critics Awards, the ApuliArte Award in Italy in 2011 and the Rolf Gammleng award in Norway in 2013.
The much acclaimed solo “AfterLight part 1”, created by Russell Maliphant for Daniel was also nominated for the prestigious ”Lawrence Olivier Award” and has been broadcasted by the BBC.

In 2007 Daniel received the 1st prize at the 21st International Competition for Choreographers in Hanover, Germany for his choreographic debut. Since then he made several choreographies. He has created 10 works since, including "Cygne" (a tribute to Pavlova and "The Dying Swan”) for the Norwegian National Ballet in 2013), that received high acclaim from the international press.

His work has toured extensively the world (as choreographer and dancer) to more than 100 different cities in 30 countries, in the most prestigious centres for dance and theatre, as well as opera houses and major international festivals, including New York City Center and BAM - NY, Theatre National du Chaillot - Paris, Bunkamura - Tokyo, Sadler’s Well’s and Coliseum - London Colon Theatre - Buenos Aires, Esplanade - Singapore and Forum - Monaco to name just a few.

He's been invited to guest with various companies and international galas, including State Ballet of Munich, ‘Men in Motion’ in London, among others.

Since 2004 he’s been active as pedagogue, giving classes, workshops and lectures in companies and schools in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Japan and Argentina.

In 2012 appeared in the film Anna Karenina by Joe Wright and in 2014 he’s been featured in the 3D documentary Cathedrals of Culture, produced by Wim Wenders.

He joined the Norwegian National Ballet as a dancer choreographer and actor in January 2013. His latests performances include the title roles in Petrushka and Sinnerman by Norwegian National Ballet’s house choreographer Alan Lucien Oeyen.

From the next season Ingrid Lorentzen, the Norwegian National Ballet director creates a new position for Daniel as a Guest Soloist with the company.

Maliphant's "Afterlight" - photo Elliott Franks