One of the greatest ballet dancers of our century – Roberto Bolle, lead ballet dancer of the La Scala Opera and a UNICEF good will ambassador, together with his troupe “Roberto Bolle & Friends” will support The Greek Association for protection and rehabilitation of paralyzed children by giving two gala performances in the Pala theatre. Roberto Bolle is constantly compared to Rudolph Nureev. “It is a big responsibility to be compared to Nureev, because he and I are very different ballet dancers. More than anything they compare us because we are both famous,” says Bolle.
Roberto Bolle and 10 soloists – some of the best in Europe and America, among which are Yuliana Lopatkina – ballet dancer in the St. Petersburg Opera “Kitoff/Marinski,” Oreli Dupon from the Paris Opera, Marta Romania – prima-ballerina of the La Scala in Milan, and many more will show choreographies from the great Moris Bejar, Rolan Peti, Frederick Ashton. It is a gala-night, in which many ballet techniques will be shown.
For a numerous time the “Alexander Onasis” foundation stands next to the Association for the protection and rehabilitation of children, which is also the main sponsor of the event.
The Association is founded in 1937 to help paralyzed children and their families. During the 70’s, the Association opened centers not only in Athens but in Thessaloniki, Chania, Yioanina, Volos, and Agrinio. Its goal is to succeed in integrating paralyzed children into the society as its rightful members, making sure that over 1000 children receive diagnostics, therapy, and education daily.
The children suffering from brain paralysis, orthopedic and neurologic conditions are supported by the Association in integrating into the work force and in everything, even after they reach their 18th birthday. The Association also participates in the European EQUAL programs, Leonardo da Vinci, and the program for improving the integration conditions in the education system.