Since 2005, Renato Zanella has been  a freelance choreographer. 
He created choreographies for over eighty ballets for the largest art houses: Stuttgart Ballet, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Introdans, the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Istanbul State Ballet, the Hungarian National Ballet, the Ballet du Rhin, Vereinigte Bühnen Krefeld/Mönchengladbach, the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, the City Theatre in Baden, the Ballet of the city of Lima, Portugal National Ballet and the Berlin Staats Opera Ballet. 
He created solos for Carla Fracci, Anastasia Volotchkova, Simona Noja, Shoko Nakamura, Vladimir Malakhov, Manuel Legris and his group, Roberto Bolle and Giuseppe Picone.
For the Vienna State Opera he created ballet parts in operas. He also choreographed ballet parts of the productions of operas in: Deutsche Oper Berlin, New Opera from Vienna, Lisbon Opera, Teatro Scala from Milan, Mariinski Theatre from St. Petersburg, at the festival in Bregenz  and in London´s Royal Opera House. 
Renato Zanella started in 2000 the dance project “Off ballet special” in cooperation with the society for disabled persons “Ich bin O. K.”, where he has produced full-length performances ever since. 
In 1995 and 1999 Zanella was a member of the jury for the „Prix de Lausanne“. He also took part in the work of the jury for the „Concours International de Danse de Paris“(in 1998), for the „Concours International de Chorégraphie Classique“ in Paris (in 1999), the „International Ballet Competition of Luxemburg“ and the „Choreographen-Wettbewerb“ in Hannover. In 2000 he appeared at the Monaco Dances Forum, and in 2005 at the Choreography and Dance Competition in Helsinki. 
In 1995 he was presented with the „Danza & Danza“ award, as  the best Italian choreographer abroad. In 2000 he got the prize „Gino Tani“, in 2001 he received the "Jakob Prandtauer" prize from the city of St. Pölten, and in the same year he was honoured with the Austrian Special Distinction for Arts and Sciences.

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