Alessandra Ferri

Alessandra Ferri
Born (1963-05-06) 6 May 1963
Milan, Italy
Years active 1980–2007, 2013-
Former groups Royal Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
La Scala Theatre Ballet

Alessandra Ferri (born 6 May 1963) is an Italian prima ballerina. She danced with the Royal Ballet (1980–1984), American Ballet Theatre (1985–2007) and La Scala Theatre Ballet (1992–2007) and as an international guest artist, before temporally retiring on 10 August 2007, aged 44, then returning in 2013. She was eventually granted the rank of Prima ballerina assoluta.


Alessandra Ferri was born in Milan, Italy. She began studying ballet at the La Scala Theatre Ballet School,[1] later transferring to the upper school of the Royal Ballet School. She represented the Royal Ballet School in the 1980 Prix de Lausanne, winning a scholarship which enabled her to continue studying at the school.[2]

Royal Ballet

Ferri joined the Royal Ballet in 1980 and in 1982, for her first major role in the ballet Mayerling,[3] she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding First Achievement of the Year in Ballet. In 1983, she was nominated for and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Individual Performance of the Year in a New Dance Production for her role in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Valley of Shadows. In 1983, she was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer.

American Ballet Theatre

In 1985, Ferri left the Royal Ballet at the request of Mikhail Baryshnikov to become a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, under Baryshnikov's own direction.[4] She stated that she needed a more rigorous training program that the company could provide.[3] In 2007 she brought Roberto Bolle to dance opposite her in her farewell performance of Romeo and Juliet.[4]

La Scala Theatre Ballet

In 1992, Ferri became a Guest Star of American Ballet Theatre and began a very close collaboration with La Scala Theatre Ballet, becoming recognised as Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company.

Return from retirement

She returned to dance after retirement in 2013, starring in The Piano Upstairs at Spoleto. Performances since have included Lea in Cheri for Signature Theatre, The Raven for Gotham Chamber Opera and in Woolf Works with Royal Ballet.[5]

Created roles

Statue of Alessandra Ferri as 'Juliet' by Nathan David inside the Royal Ballet School

Guest appearances

As an international guest artist, Ferri performed with the Paris Opera Ballet at the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille, the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, the National Ballet of Canada, the Tokyo Ballet, the Cuban National Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Ballet National de Marseille, the Ballet National de Nancy and others.

She is best appreciated in story ballets by Kenneth MacMillan, Roland Petit, John Cranko and John Neumeier.[6]

She danced with important male dancers: Rudolf Nureyev (in Los Angeles for his 50 birthday in 1988) Mikhail Baryshnikov (also in the movie "Dancers" in 1987 ), Anthony Dowell, Patrick Dupond, Peter Schaufuss, Maximiliano Guerra, Laurent Hilaire, Manuel Legris, Julio Bocca (her favourite)[7] and Marcelo Gomes.

Private life

Ferri has two daughters: Matilde (born in 1997) and Emma (born in 2002), who joined their mother on stage at her farewell performance.[7] Their father is the Italian photographer Fabrizio Ferri,[7] who founded the art school Università dell'Immagine, in Milan, Italy. They live in New York.

Video recordings

Awards and honours (selected)

Notes and references

  1. "Ferri Joins Ballet Theater". New York Times. New York City, United States. 5 June 1985. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  2. "Alessandra Ferri". The Ballerina Gallery. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  3. 1 2 "Alessandra Ferri". Magazine. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  4. 1 2 Kourlas, Gia (25 June 2007). "A Final, Radiant Juliet, Then Farewell". New York Times. New York City, United States. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  5. "Alessandra Ferri".
  6. Maclaulay, Alastair (10 June 2007). "The Dance of the Final Bow". New York Times. New York City, United States: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  7. 1 2 3 Gladstone, Valerie (11 June 2007). "Alessandra Ferri". Playbill Arts. United States: Philip S Birsh. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  8. Official London Theatre – Olivier Award Winners 1982
  9. "Olivier Awards with MasterCard – Official Site".

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