It has been five years since Alessandra Ferri left the stage, but she hasn’t stopped dancing. Speaking to the Italian dance magazine Danza & Danza she said that every morning she still prepares her bag for dance class adding, intriguingly,
I do class every day, I keep myself in form. I could dance tomorrow evening. In the future, who knows!
And when the journalist Sergio Trombetta asks if she’s planning on a comeback, she replies,
We’ll see. I’m thinking about it.
Ferri would certainly go against the trend if she really did return to professional dance at the age of 49. Darcey Bussell has just made her Olympic-sized ‘mini-comeback’, but at 43. There are few Alonsos, Fraccis and Fonteyns nowadays.
So why would she want to? For the applause?
No. Certainly the applause has always been wonderful, the recognition that you’ve done something well, but what I really miss is the acting experience, being on stage, and the interaction with the music, a source of great emotion for me.
I listen to music often and feel enormous feelings that I’m not able to express – this I miss.
The publication of Alessandra Ferri’s remarks coincides with that of photos of her husband, photographer Fabrizio Ferri, with an unknown woman, frolicking on a boat near the couple’s summer home in Pantelleria.
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.