Giuseppe Picone has been appointed the new Director of the Ballet Company of the prestigious Teatro San Carlo in Naples. A panel consisting of Anna Razzi, Mauricio Weinrot and Eric Vu-An chose Picone who, by elegant coincidence, was born in Naples. A homecoming.
40-year-old Picone seems precisely at the right point in his career to assume such a position after his years as principal dancer with the English National Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. The fact that the post is also in his hometown is a wonderful serendipity.
I asked him what it meant.
It is such a pleasure to be able to direct the corps de ballet of Teatro San Carlo. I was born in Naples and I took my first steps in this, the most beautiful theatre in the world.
So what are his plans?
Without doubt I will aim towards a high quality of work and move the theatre to have a higher national and international profile. I’m going home!!!