The recent letter sent by unions representing the dancers at the Rome Opera Ballet complaining about the “disrespectful” behaviour of its director, Eleonora Abbagnato, has sparked much discussion – … [Read more...] about Eleonora Abbagnato in Rome: “She should be rewarded with applause”
Anna-Marie Holmes created her version of Le Corsaire for Boston ballet in 1997. A year later it arrived in New York when it was loaned out to the American Ballet Theatre. Italian dancer Giuseppe … [Read more...] about Le Corsaire docks at La Scala – many delights with a company on top form
Michele Esposito has won the Prix de Lausanne 2017. The first prize, sponsored by the Swiss investment firm Adveq, was not his only award as he also won the Best Swiss Candidate Prize as well as the … [Read more...] about Introducing Michele Esposito… winner of the Prix de Lausanne 2017
Today, Hungarian composer György Kurtág is celebrating his 91st birthday, and also his 70th wedding anniversary. He and his pianist wife, Márta, have been presented with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust … [Read more...] about Composer György Kurtág celebrates his 91st birthday, and 70th wedding anniversary, with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award
BALLET2000’s Special New Year Issue, is on the newsstands now. It looks back on a year in dance with, says editor Alfio Agostini, …the best shows, trendiest dancers, most significant companies and … [Read more...] about BALLET2000’s Special New Year Issue… in English, Italian and French Editions
Over the last couple of weeks the has been a steady build up in Italian media to this day, the 80th birthday of Italy brightest ballet star, Carla Fracci. Seemingly endless articles have littered the … [Read more...] about Italy celebrates Carla Fracci at 80
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 … [Read more...] about Giuseppe Picone is appointed head of the Naples ballet company
Q&A When did you start dancing? When I was 7 years old. Why did you start dancing? I was part of the free lunch program at school and my sister and I got a flyer about a ballet school … [Read more...] about Bridgett Zehr answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition
The title may make serious fans of ballet balk: Gran Gala Il Cigno Nero - Black Swan Gala. If Daniele Cipriani, the producer, wants to cash in on some of the publicity from the Darren Aronofsky film … [Read more...] about Black Swan Gala with Bouder, de Luz and Picone, tours Italy
Italians are great dancers, but they don't get much opportunity to demonstrate that in their homeland. The history of ballet is adorned with Italian talent: Giuseppina Bozzacchi was the … [Read more...] about The dance drain: who will save ballet in Italy?
Q&A When did you start dancing? I started when I was 10 years old at the Teatro San Carlo ballet school in Naples. Why did you start dancing? My elder brother Raffaele took me to the … [Read more...] about Giuseppe Picone answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition
Neapolitan dancer Giuseppe Picone is the leading dancer in a new ballet, Blue Moon, at Verona's Teatro Romano from August 18 - 21. He talked to the newspaper L'Arena: In this show, he explains, he … [Read more...] about Italian dancer Giuseppe Picone on Verona’s blue moon
The 'other' Italian dancing star is Giuseppe Picone. For many Italians, especially the ones who rarely go to the theatre, Roberto Bolle is the only ballerino in the world worth watching. Many buy … [Read more...] about The ‘other’ Italian dancing star: Giuseppe Picone talks about anorexia, lunch with Diana, and the cut-throat world of American ballet
The Verona Arena Ballet commissioned a Stravinsky evening from local-boy Renato Zanella, best known for his work in Stuttgart and Vienna. He chose Apollon Musagète and The Firebird - brave considering … [Read more...] about Homage to Stravinsky with an addio to a transgender ballerina in Verona
Roberto Bolle's semi-nude magazine spreads and art-books continually dominate the "sexy ballet" top spot. But Italians are a famously good-looking lot, so what about Bolle's fellow Piemontese Federico … [Read more...] about Bolle & Friends: Bonelli, Grossi, Picone et al.