Mariafrancesca Garritano, a soloist with the La Scala Ballet Company, wrote a book in 2010 exposing the eating-disorders which afflict one in five dancers, she claimed. “La verità, vi prego, sulla danza!” (The Truth, Please, About Ballet) made international waves, and when The Observer newspaper picked up the story just before the glamorous opening of La Scala's season on 7 … [Read more...] about La Scala’s eating-disorder dancer loses her case and her job
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"One ballerina in five at La Scala suffers from an eating disorder", denounced Mariafrancesca Garritano (known on social networks and as an author also as Mary Garret) to The Observer newspaper. 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 … [Read more...] about La Scala ballerina, who denounced eating disorders in the company, is fired
Sant'Ambrogio (Saint Ambrose) is Milan's patron saint, and on his Saint's Day, 7th December, Milan's opera house La Scala opens its new season. However, one of the ballet soloists has chosen the eve of this glittering occasion to speak with The Observer about problems in the company. Mariafrancesca Garritano is 33, and has been at the theatre's ballet school since she was … [Read more...] about A ballerina speaks out: Mariafrancesca Garritano, La Scala soloist, talks frankly about the eating-disorders which plague the company