Joined Boston Ballet in 2010
Joseph Gatti was born in Warwick, New York and raised in Orlando, Florida. Gatti began dancing at the Orlando Ballet School in Florida and continued his training with Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler. Gatti danced with Orlando Ballet as an apprentice from 2001 to 2003 under the direction of Fernando Bujones. In 2003 he was coached by Orlando Molina for the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition in New York wherehe was awarded the Gold Medal and a Scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. Upon graduating with honors he received the 2004 Dame Ruth Railton Award for Excellence in Dance. After attending the 2003 American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive, he joined the American Ballet Theater Studio Company for the2004-2005 season. He was a principal dancer in Cincinnati Ballet for three years and Corella Ballet for two years before joining Boston Ballet as a soloist in 2010.
In 2005 Gatti became the first American Male Dancer to win the prestigious gold medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. He was nominated as best male dancer for the 2006 Benois de la Danse in Moscow, Russia. In 2006 he became a bronze medalist at the USA International Ballet Competition and a silver medalist at the Seoul International Ballet Competition in Korea. He was also chosen to be featured ina video entitled “The Male Ballet Dancer” presented by master teacher Finis Jhung. In 2007 Gatti was coached by Magaly Suarez for the first World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida, where he received the gold medal. Gatti also received the bronze medal at the 2010 Istanbul International Ballet Competition.
Some of his principal roles include Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker (the Prince), Kirk Peterson’s Sleeping Beauty, Peter Stark’s Cinderella and Giselle (Albrecth and peasant pas de deux), Victoria Morgan’s Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere (Solor, Bronze Idol, and lead Fakir), Angel Corella’s Swan Lake (Siegfried), Magaly Suarez’s Swan Lake (Benno), Jose Pares’ La Fille Mal Gardee (Colas), John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker (TheSnow King and Cavalier), Florence Clerc’s La Bayadere (Golden Idol). He has performed many other pas de deux from the classical repertoire such as Don Quixote, Satanella, Le Corsaire, Black Swan, and Diana and Acteon. He has danced Balanchine ballets such as Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Tarantella, Stars and Stripes (El Capital), Symphony in 3Movements, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (principal divertissement pas). Gatti has also performed Anton Dolin’s Variation for Four; Arthur Saint-Leon’s La Vivandiere, and other ballets by important choreographers such as Stephen Mill, Twayla Tharp, Jamal Story, Jerome Robbins, Jorma Elo, Stanton Welch, Val Caniparoli, Clark Tippet, William Forsyth, Helen Pickett, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Gatti has been invited to perform as a principal guest artist with Ballet Concerto de Puerto Rico, Western Ballet, Ballet Municipal de Lima, Peru, The Slovene National Opera and Ballet, The Miami International Ballet Festival, The Baltic Ballet Festival, The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Balletto di l’Arena di Verona, NBA Ballet in Japan, The Open Dance Festival in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Stars of the 21st Century Galain Panama, and many other important stages around the world.
His dancing has been described by The New York Times as “astounding…with seamless, fluid finishes that made rare artistry of the gimmicks.”
Photo by Gene Schiavone.