After several years, Carla Fracci danced again in Moscow last week, with a sold out theatre, a twenty-minute standing ovation and enough flowers to fill a florist's window.
In this case it is only right to be indiscreet and reveal a lady's age because, quite remarkably, Carla Fracci is now seventy-nine.
The piece, Lilacs, set to the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, was created for her by Nikolai Androsov, and her leading man was the young up-coming Bolshoi dancer Dmitry Ekaterinin. Italian pianist, Gregorio Nardi, was also part of the large ensemble taking part.
Here are some photos of the occasion which have been kindly sent to me from Moscow.
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.