#TBT: Alessandra Ferri and Robert LaFosse in The Two Pigeons

Alessandra Ferri

They say that pigeons mate for life—perhaps that’s why these birds naturally symbolize the young lovers in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons. In these clips from a 1987 performance in Pisa, Alessandra Ferri and Robert LaFosse—then stars with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet, respectively—dance a rapturous pas de deux at theMore »

#TBT: Carla Fracci Dancing the Rose Adagio at 51

The Fountain of Youth might be in Italy. Alessandra Ferri, 53, is defying all preconceived notions about the length of ballet careers. But she isn’t the first Italian to do so. Carla Fracci, a former prima ballerina at La Scala Ballet and international guest artist, who started her career in the 1950s, didn’t stop whenMore »

#TBT: Alessandra Ferri in Romeo and Juliet (1984)

June 23 is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited! Tonight, internationally acclaimed ballerina Alessandra Ferri, 53, returns to American Ballet Theatre to reprise the role of Juliet alongside Herman Cornejo in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. For some, tonight’s performance is one more opportunity to see the former ABT and Royal BalletMore »

Watch Alessandra Ferri Dance Alongside Her Younger Self

Alessandra Ferri is unstoppable. At age 53, the seemingly ageless ballerina is still inspiring choreographers, dancers and audiences with her endless curiosity, galvanizing artistry and, of course, those beautiful feet. In the last three years alone, she’s created leading roles in Martha Clarke’s Chéri, John Neumeier’s Duse and Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works. And in exactlyMore »

Call Board

New Documentary on HBO Takes On the Bolshoi Ballet  From its eerie opening scene to its dramatic closing interview, Bolshoi Babylon—a documentary filmed in the aftermath of the 2013 acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet director Sergei Filin—creates a distinct sense of tension regarding the iconic company’s future. The dance footage and backstage access featured inMore »

Italian Renaissance

Alessandra Ferri, the iconic dance actress, has emerged, at age 52, from a six-year retirement into an astonishing post-career. After successes with projects like Martha Clarke’s Chéri and the critically praised Woolf Works at The Royal Ballet, Ferri has been tapped by Hamburg Ballet’s John Neumeier as the muse for his Duse—Myth and Mysticism ofMore »

#TBT: Alessandra Ferri in “Guillaume Tell” in 1995

Like an actor’s monologue, a ballerina’s solo must achieve the difficult balance between drama and ostentation, controlled technique and theatrical abandon. In the ballet rendition of Rossini’s play, Guillaume Tell, Alessandra Ferri dances the character of Mathilde, an Austrian damsel whose love for a Swiss man is reminiscent of the forbidden love in Romeo and Juliet.

#TBT: Alessandra Ferri and Wayne Eagling as Romeo and Juliet (1984)

It takes the work of a ballet dancer to embody the words of Shakespeare. With the help of Sergei Prokofiev’s masterful score, the Royal Ballet’s Alessandra Ferri and Wayne Eagling approach this task with heartbreaking beauty.  They perform the iconic balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet in this recording of the company’s 1984 production—and their movement speaks. 

 

A New Passion

Photography by Kyle Froman   It’s rare to see celebrated ballet dancers outside of the grand opera houses that form their natural habitat. But Martha Clarke’s Chéri, which runs through December 22 at New York’s 294-seat Signature Theatre, gives audiences an up-close look at prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri and American Ballet Theatre star HermanMore »