If you visit NASA’s website, they define a protostar as the “hot core at the heart of the collapsing cloud that will one day become a star”.19-year-old Martina Arduino, who graduated from La Scala’s Ballet Academy just a year ago was entrusted last night, as her first ever principal role(s), with the Odette/Odile characters in Alexei Ratmansky’s new Swan Lake. She is not … [Read more...] about Martina Arduino in Ratmansky’s Swan Lake – a ballet star is born at La Scala?
Tonight's the night. One of the most anticipated of La Scala's season. The debut of Alexei Ratmansky's reconstruction of Petipa and Ivanov's Swan Lake.The production is a co-production with Zurich where in February it received rave reviews, to anticipation is running high.Below are some shots from the dress rehearsal with tonight's cast — Odette/Odile is Nicoletta … [Read more...] about Countdown to Ratmansky’s Swan Lake – photos and video interview
The Gala des Étoiles at La Scala made me feel as though I’d eaten all the icing on the cake: happy, but a little woozy. Don Q? Check! Corsaire? Check! Manon and Romeo and Juliet? Check! Spartacus? Check!As you can see if you scroll down to the programme, it wasn’t all hoary favourites, and when the interpreters are some of the best dancers in the world it would be churlish … [Read more...] about My Big Fat Italian Ballet Gala
Below is the full programme of Gala des Étoiles, at La Scala on 30 and 31 October. The Gala will be transmitted live by Italian television, Rai, on Rai5, and in cinemas internationally both live and over the next two months.It can also be followed live from the wings via La Scala's site and its YouTube channel with Gramilano and Silvia Farina presenting this rare … [Read more...] about Full programme of la Scala’s Gala des Étoiles – 30 and 31 October
Excelsior has returned to the stage at La Scala and what better choice for the Milan Expo period than this joyous ballet, which fills the stage with more than a hundred dancers waving national flags from all corners of the globe.It is a ‘concept’ ballet - light triumphs over darkness - and it features dancers representing Peace, Invention, Perseverance, Courage, Concord and … [Read more...] about Excelsior in Milan is more than just a big, brash ballet extravaganza
Ivan Vasiliev is a powerful performer, both physically and emotionally. His prowess in ballet pyrotechnics - the leaps, the turns - has brought him fame throughout the world. But he's no circus performer as his Quasimodo in Roland Petit's Notre Dame de Paris in Milan or his Romeo in Frederick Ashton's production of Romeo and Juliet in London demonstrated; he has a fierce and … [Read more...] about Vasiliev is still a jeune homme… careful Ivan!
David Hallberg's reception at La Scala was rapturous. He is making his house début in Milan as well as tackling Rudolf Nureyev's tricky choreography for Swan Lake for the first time. Loud cries of 'bravo' greeted the end of his first act solo, and the applause for him, and his partner Svetlana Zakharova, was ecstatic throughout the evening, with a standing ovation at the final … [Read more...] about Hallberg and Zakharova: a sublime couple in Nureyev’s Swan Lake in Milan
versione italianaAnna Maria Prina was the director of the La Scala Theatre Ballet School for thirty-two years, producing artists such as Mara Galeazzi, Massimo Murru, Roberto Bolle, Mick Zeni, Renata Caldarini, Alessio Carbone, Vito Mazzeo, Marco Pierin and Paola Cantalupo, among many, many others.I asked her what the requisites are to become a dance teacher:Teaching is … [Read more...] about La Scala Ballet School’s director for 32 years on “Teaching Dance”
English version Insegnare è un’arte, una scienza e un dono. E’ il dono di saper lasciare il segno nella mente di chi si predispone all’apprendimento. L’insegnamento della danza non è per tutti; è indispensabile essere generosi, curiosi, autorevoli e armati di grande passione e pazienza. Bisogna saper trasmettere agli altri quanto si è appreso e non smettere mai di … [Read more...] about Anna Maria Prina spiega l’insegnamento della danza
versione in italianoQ&AWhen did you start dancing? When I was 7 at a local dance school, and at 15 I started at the Dance Academy at La Scala.Why did you start dancing? It was thanks to my parents.Which dancer inspired you most as a child? Nureyev.Which dancers do you most admire? Mikhail Baryshnikov, Julio.Bocca, Manuel Legris, Desmond … [Read more...] about Mick Zeni answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition