We tend to gloss over the negative aspects of colleagues who are no longer with us, and are usually discreet about their shortcomings when they are still alive. It is left to the gutter press to dig up unsavoury titbits. However ballet dancer Massimo Murru bucked the trend and gave a very frank opinion of choreographer Roland Petit in a radio interview last week. Roland Petit … [Read more...] about Massimo Murru on Roland Petit: he was a great s*****o!
First the good news… The La Scala ballet company is in formidable shape. Makhar Vaziev and his team have nurtured many interesting talents and a piece to show off some of their qualities is surely Heinz Spoerli’s Cello Suites, wherefourteen dancers can showcase their abilities. It is choreographed to Bach’s Cello Suites No. 2, 3, and 6, so it is divided into three parts … [Read more...] about Cello Suites at La Scala: the good news and the bad news…
The word "comeback" isn't one I like; what I am doing is going ahead. These years off stage have taught me that I can't live without dance. I am fully realised only when I dance. Alessandra Ferri is in Florence to dance Roland Petit's Le jeune homme et la mort, one of her many projects since she's come out of retirement. When I decided to retire Roland was very angry with me. … [Read more...] about Alessandra Ferri’s pain at being rejected and joy at being reborn
Q&A When did you start dancing? When I was 9 years old. Why did you start dancing? Because I was always moving as a child and I had to do something with my body. I asked my mom and she took me to dance classes. Which dancer inspired you most as a child? Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Julio Bocca, Alexandra Ferri, Gelsey Kirkland and Sylvie … [Read more...] about Ludmila Pagliero answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition
Q&A in italiano When did you start dancing? When I was 5. Why did you start dancing? During the summer holiday with my family there was a group of dancers on the beach and I started dancing along with them and discovered that I liked the music and the movement. When we got back home I asked my parents to enroll me in a dancing school. Which dancer … [Read more...] about Claudio Coviello answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition
Q&A in italiano When did you start dancing? I started when I was tiny. Why did you start dancing? It started as a game: my mother had a dancing school and I was always asking if I could go with her. Which dancer inspired you most as a child? Polina Semionova. Which dancer do you most admire? I admire many dancers... I couldn't choose just … [Read more...] about Nicoletta Manni answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition
Ivan Vasiliev has been forced to pull out of the Don Quixote performances at La Scala with Tamara Rojo. The casting has already suffered some upsets as The Vasiliev-Osipova coupling was to share performances with Leonid Sarafanov and Svetlana Zakharova. When Zakharova withdrew for unknown motives requiring her to be in Moscow during this period, the dream team were split up … [Read more...] about Ivan Vasiliev writes from his hospital bed
Roberto Bolle and Friends is up and running with two dates in Genoa already ticked off the list. Tomorrow comes the Verona date at that biggest of all dance venues, the 15,000-seater Roman amphitheatre, the Verona Arena. The line-up for 2014 is Alicia Amatriain, Polina Semionova, Daniil Simkin, Hee Seo, Eris Nezha, Julie Kent, Cory Stearns, Jason Reilly, Skylar Brandt and … [Read more...] about Roberto Bolle & Friends arrives in Verona: not drunk and not vulgar!
For more than twenty years the Benois Prize has been recognising talent with the most starry juries imaginable. The first year it consisted of Yury Grigorovich as its president, with Galina Ulanova (Russia), Carla Fracci (Italy), Kirsten Ralov (Denmark), Yvette Chauviré (France), Rudolf Nureyev (world citizen?) and John Neumeier (Germany). This year one of these, La Fracci, … [Read more...] about Carla Fracci, Claudio Coviello and the Prix Benois 2014
Gramilano has talked about Roland Petit's charming and evocative ballet Chéri before, here and here. This is what Carla Fracci said after Petit's death in 2011: I talked to him for the last time at Christmas. His great regret was that we were unable to film his ballet Chéri for French television, but there were a series of difficulties, even when a French TV crew came … [Read more...] about New YouTube Video: Roland Petit’s Chéri with Carla Fracci and Massimo Murru