Now Playing Tracks

Rossella Brescia and the company of Amarcord on the Spanish Steps

Rossella Brescia and the company of Amarcord on the Spanish Steps

Tourists on Rome’s Spanish Steps were taken by surprise yesterday afternoon when a company of dancers descended on them dressed as characters from Federico Fellini’s Amarcord.

Italian ballet dancer and all-round entertainer Rossella Brescia, with the entire company of dancers from Danzitalia in their 1930s garb, along with choreographer Luciano Cannito and designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno, arrived dancing down the mythical marble steps to the delight of children and adults alike.

Cannito’s Amarcord was created in 1995 for Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and was subsequently presented at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and the Metropolitan in New York. In 2012 it was revised by the choreographer for an Italian tour with the company Danzitalia which he runs with dance producer Daniele Cipriani. The Rome dates mark the end of two years on the road.

Tomorrow, 17 April, Amarcord opens at the Teatro Olimpico which marks the beginning of the 4th International Festival of Dance organised by the Accademia Filarmonica Romana and the Teatro Olimpico.

Amarcord runs until 20 April, and tickets can be purchased through the site of the Teatro Olimpico.

Photographs by Ripari Young Group

Fellinian ballet flash mob descend on Rome’s Spanish Steps Tourists on Rome’s Spanish Steps were taken by surprise yesterday afternoon when a company of dancers descended on them dressed as characters from Federico Fellini’s…

La Scala Ballet School’s director for 32 years on “Teaching Dance”

La Scala Ballet School’s director for 32 years on “Teaching Dance”

Anna Maria Prina and students of the La Scala Ballet School in 1992 with Robert De Warren

Anna Maria Prina and Robert De Warren with students of the La Scala Ballet School in 1992:  on the left Marta Romagna and Roberto Bolle; to the right Mara Galeazzi and Mick Zeni

Italian

 versione italiana

Anna Maria Prina was the director of the La Scala Theatre Ballet Schoolfor thiry-two years, producing artists such as Mara Galeazzi, Massimo Murru, Roberto Bolle, Mick Zeni, Renata Caldarini, Alessio…

View On WordPress

La Scala’s new boss, Alexander Pereira, clears his name

La Scala’s new boss, Alexander Pereira, clears his name

PereiraItalian opera buffs, Milan’s Mayor and La Repubblica newspaper were angry and amazed when news from Austria revealed that the Salzburg Festival’s current director, Alexander Pereira, was selling seven of its productions to La Scala, where Pereira will take over in October of this year. That is, he was selling his productions to himself. A conflict of interests?

La Repubblicaasked one of their top…

View On WordPress

Storm as La Scala’s new boss buys seven of his own Salzburg productions for Milan

Storm as La Scala’s new boss buys seven of his own Salzburg productions for Milan

photo by Charlotte Oswald

photo by Charlotte Oswald

The new sovrintendente at La Scala, Alexander Pereira, has bought for his first season with the Milanese theatre, seven productions from the Salzburg Festival, where he is currently playing out his last season as its director.

The affair, first reported in the Austrian press, came as a surprise to Milan’s Mayor, Giuliano Pisapia, who is Chairman on the Board of…

View On WordPress

Zubin Mehta brings Kunde, Cedolins, Ferri and Kunde to open the new Florence Opera House

Zubin Mehta brings Kunde, Cedolins, Ferri and Kunde to open the new Florence Opera House

logo_opera di firenzeI’ve only one thing to ask our Prime Minister, who is making so many reforms: I hope with all my heart that he will introduce tax relief for culture. It is of the utmost importance!

Zubin Mehta, director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, launched his appeal to Matteo Renzi, the current Italian Prime Minister and former Florence Mayor, during a press conference to illustrate the principal events…

View On WordPress

Roberto Bolle by Bruce Weber - Vanity Fair cover

Roberto Bolle by Bruce Weber – Vanity Fair cover

Italy’s Vanity Fair celebrates Roberto Bolle’s 20-year career with a cover and a photo shoot by Bruce Weber.

Silvia Nucini talked with the Italian ballet star.

For decades we’ve been governed by short-sighted politicians. Our strengths are art and culture. I can realise that not everybody can understand that investing in these is something that can uplift the human spirit, but why can’t they understand that art and culture can produce wealth. Instead, we hear only about cuts. Here at La Scala we do ballets that guarantee a sold-out theatre, but this limits creativity.

In America the arts are supported by private subsidy, encourage by tax advantages, or because such contributions reflects well on the investor. A mix of the two would seem to be an ideal solution…

Renzi has made many promises, many more than people expected. Maybe he’s made them because he is capable of keeping them; let’s hope so. Whatever, I’m glad that first with Letta, and now with Renzi, we’re finally modernising our political class.

Roberto Bolle by Bruce Weber - Vanity Fair

Roberto Bolle by Bruce Weber

He also talked about the new Eni advertising campaign, directed by Fabrizio Ferri, where he is filmed in slow motion leaping through the air:

In reality, I was jumping on a trampoline. When I was a child I never did it because I was afraid of hurting myself, but on set – with my sister yelling, “Be careful!” – I enjoyed myself like crazy! I was doing what was required of me, and I was doing it as best as I could; in my vocabulary “spare yourself” doesn’t exist. Am I afraid of hurting myself? Well, the truth is that it can happen in a thousand ways, even just going down the stairs. A twisted ankle and that’s it! This profession can be so ephemeral: years of work can be thrown away in an instant, trivially.

People tell me: “You haven’t changed a bit” or “You haven’t got big-headed”. I think my parents should take credit for that, but it’s also the awareness of the transitoriness of  of all this, knowing that every day, at any moment, it could all finish.

Roberto Bolle: a nude cover, politics, and finishing a career Italy’s Vanity Fair celebrates Roberto Bolle’s 20-year career with a cover and a photo shoot by Bruce Weber.

Roberto Bolle advert 4

Roberto Bolle has become the new face of Eni, Italy’s number-one power company.

The campaign, called Rethink Energy, which started airing yesterday on Italian television, has been directed by photographer and video director, Fabrizio Ferri, with the voice-over of La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) star Toni Servillo.

Eni’s blurb in the press release reads,

Bolle gives birth to a unique artistic performance, playing with light and shadow and creating pure emotion with the movement of his body.

Adding,

Investing in energy means caring for it… The goal is to create and spread a collective consciousness that encourages companies and consumers to be ambassadors for a new culture.

The ads tag line is “Let’s give energy a new energy”.

A full media campaign will mean that Roberto Bolle’s already well-exposed body will be plastered on billboards, newspapers and magazines, with accompanying TV, film and internet ads.

Roberto Bolle energised by an Italian power company Roberto Bolle has become the new face of Eni, Italy’s number-one power company. The campaign, called…

Tsiskaridze: Real ballet dancers are trained in Paris, Moscow or St Petersburg

Tsiskaridze: Real ballet dancers are trained in Paris, Moscow or St Petersburg

Nikolai Tsiskaridze - photo by Ilya Grigoriev/RIA Novosti

Nikolai Tsiskaridze – photo by Ilya Grigoriev/RIA Novosti

Forget the Royal Ballet School or the The School of American Ballet, Nikolai Tsiskaridze says there are only three real ballet schools in the world: the Paris Opera Ballet School, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Vaganova Ballet Academy, which he is currently running.

I always said there are only three schools in the world: if you want…

View On WordPress

Q&A

Elena Vostrotina

Elena Vostrotina

When did you start dancing?
I was always dancing since I can remember. From when I was 5-years-old in various ballet schools, and since I was 10 at the Vaganova Ballet Academy.

Why did you start dancing ?
I always loved it! I also grew up in the theatre – my mother was a dancer with the Kirov ballet – so it was always part of my life.

Which dancer inspired you most as a child?
Yulia Makhalina!!!!

Which dancer do you most admire ?
There are many dancers who I really like, and they inspire me. But if I had to name just one… Sylvie Guillem!

What’s your favourite role?
There is no favourite, I love all my roles.

What role have you never played but would like to?
Today my answer is Juliet, and also the female roles in William Forsythe’s Quintet.

What’s your favourite  ballet to watch ?
I don’t think I have one. It can be anything if it’s danced well by great artists .

Who is your favorite choreographer?
Forsythe, Petipa, Kylián.

Who is your favourite writer?
I like a lot books by Erich Maria Remarque, Dostoevsky and Bulgakov.

Who is your favourite director?
Leonid Gaidai.

Who is your favourite actor?
Brad Pitt, Al Pacino.

Elena Vostrotina teaching

Elena Vostrotina teaching

Who is your favourite singer?
Sting, Michael Jackson, Adele, Frank Sinatra …

What is your favourite book?
The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov, Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha.

What is your favourite film?
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Scarface, Devchata [The Girls: a 1961 Soviet comedy directed by Yuri Chulyukin]

Which is your favourite city?
Saint-Petersburg.

What do you like most about yourself?
That’s a hard one… I can’t really think of an answer.

What do you dislike about yourself?
I have a hard time letting go go of certain things or people.

What was your proudest moment?
I hope it’s still to come.

When and where were you happiest?
Looking back in my childhood, the summers I spent in the Urals with my grandparents… Some remarkable and unforgettable moments on stage… During the difficult moments in life, looking up and seeing a blue sky! And many many others ;-)

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My family. Friends. The stage.

What is your greatest fear?
To lose people I love.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To learn how to let go of certain things.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
To be in the place I am now, and to be who I am right now.

What is your most treasured possession?
It can be many things: things given to me by my family, friends or various people. The little things with big meanings behind them can be my biggest treasures!

What is your greatest extravagance?
Buying expensive stuff for my family.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Youth.

On what occasion do you lie?
I usually don’t lie.

Elena Vostrotina as Aurora

Elena Vostrotina as Aurora

If you hadn’t been a dancer what would you have liked to be ?
A designer.

What is your most marked characteristic?
I think its better to ask the people around me.

What quality do you most value in a friend?
Honesty, empathy, and to stand by you through the good and hard moments in life.

What quality do you most value in a colleague?
Respect. Their talent. Imagination.

Which historical figure do you most admire?
Peter the Great.

Which living person do you most admire?
If my grandparents were still alive it would be them, otherwise I don’t have answer.

What do you most dislike?
Lies… when people are lying.

What talent would you most like to have?
I would love to have a gift… to be able to heal people. If they are in pain to be able to take it away.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
To find a real love in life!

How would you like to die?
Healthy. Sleeping. Just to fall asleep and not wake up.

What is your motto?
Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.

Elena Vostrotina — a biography

Elena Vostrotina was born in 1985 in St Petersburg. She trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St Petersburg.

Awards include: “Outstanding Performance by a Female Artist“ (Critics Choice) in The World According to Us, Dance Europe Magazine (2009); “Paradise Award“ for the Best Dramatic Actress in La Bayadere, Novosibirsk, Russia (2009); “Hope of Russia Award“ Vaganova Prix Ballet Competition (2002).

Elena has danced with the Semperoper Ballett Dresden since 2006, becoming a Principal Dancer there in 2011. Her repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (Petipa, Ivanov, Burmeister); Princess Aurora and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty; Nikiya in La Bayadère (Petipa in version by Zelensky and Watkin); Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker (Watkin and Beechey); Grand Pas Classique (Gzovsky); Firebird in The Firebird  (Fokine); Queen of The Dryads in Don Quixote (Gorsky); Myrtha in Giselle (Coralli and Perrot); Pas De Quatre (Dolin); Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire (Petipa); Apollo, Soloist in Diamonds, Soloist in Rubies, La Valse, The Four Temperaments, Theme and Variations (G.Balanchine); Odette/2 swans/The Butterfly/ Hungarian Dance in Illusions like Swan Lake (Neumeier); Approximate Sonata, Steptext, In The Middle Somewhat Elevated, Enemy in the Figure, The Second Detail, Artifact Suite (Forsythe); Symphony Nr.2 (Scholz); Voluntaries (Tetley); A Million Kisses to my Skin, Reverence, On The Nature Of Daylight (Dawson); Bella Figura (Kylián); Intimate Distance, Le Souffle de l’Esprit, Unerreichbare Orte (Bubenicek); Le Noces (Celis); Minus 16 (Naharin).

Elena has also participated in the following creations: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (Watkin after Petipa and Ivanov); Myrtha in Giselle, Das Verschwundene/The Disappeared, The World According
To Us (Dawson); No Thumb (Touzeau); Unintended Consequences (Bubenicek); New Suite (Forsythe); Silent Spring (Couchman); Zwischen(t)raum (Pickett); Be…ing (Zhu and Martinez); Kindheitstanz (Tucker).

Elena Vostrotina in the rehearsal room

Elena Vostrotina in the rehearsal room

Elena Vostrotina answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition Q&A When did you start dancing? I was always dancing since I can remember. From when I was 5-years-old in various ballet schools, and since I was 10 at the Vaganova Ballet Academy.
To Tumblr, Love Pixel Union