Fare Well Ballerina

The Eternal Dancing Young Girl

She lived flying, but she defined herself: “… with roots well planted in the earth.” 

And so, graceful and solid, sweet and tenacious, she left a “national monument,” a myth of ballet, one of the greatest artists of international ballet dance. 

Carla Fracci died in Milan at the age of 84.

The dream of every little girl. I remember her dancing with Rudolf Nureyev at the beginning of her dancing career, and with the unmatched Roberto Bolle at the end of her remarkable career.

I also remember her contested decision to have a child, it was 1969, and the common thought was that her ballerina career would have been compromised by a child birth. Well she demonstrated that it was not so, many women are grateful to her for breaking that glass ceiling! 

Carla Fracci was also an actress, she performed in the TV drama about Giuseppe Verdi, as the unforgotten Giuseppina Strepponi, the composer’s soprano and second wife.

‘A historical and legendary figure, who has left a very strong mark,’ this is how the La Scala Theater in Milan remembers her.

RIP Ballerina

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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