Multiple Facebook declarations, the contents of her book La verità, vi prego sulla danza! (The Truth, please, about Ballet), television appearances and interviews have made the 33 year-old dancer persona non grata with the Milanese company. In fact they left her out of their Bolshoi appearances at the end of last year, and she wasn’t on the cast lists for the current run of Excelsior. Now she has been fired for “just cause”, for libel, and for describing a situation that she knew didn’t correspond to the truth thus damaging the theatre’s reputation.
Garritano proves the Italian saying “Non si sputa nel piatto dove si mangia” (“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you”) which literally translates as “Don’t spit in the plate that you eat from” – remarkably apt in this case!
Photo: Mary Garret’s current Facebook profile photo
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.