Ballet is an art that requires body, brain and spirit. A discipline in which working hard every single day with constancy and sacrifice is fundamental, in order to be graceful and fly on stage. Study, daily training and solid roots. These are all essential characteristics to have no hesitation on the scene and let yourself go, without weight. This...

Italy will launch ITsART - an ambitious streaming project known as the 'Netflix of Italian Culture' - on 31 May. The online platform will give access to Italian culture - both free and paid - ranging from art and music to dance and theatre, commissioned by Italy's culture ministry. The project's "virtual stage" will offer "Italian entertainment and...

Carla Fracci, an Italian cultural icon and former La Scala prima ballerina renowned for romantic roles alongside such greats as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, died Thursday at her home in Milan. She was 84. Milan’s Teatro alla Scala announced her death without giving a cause. Italian news reports said she had been fighting cancer. The Mila...

The southern Italian troupe – let’s call them CGS – offer a lesson in how to turn local music into a global brand, having updated Puglia’s pizzica tradition of song and dance into eclectic, festival-friendly theatre. Mixing originals and age-old songs, this latest album comes loaded with their customary drama, setting individual and collective voca...

International Dance Day, on April 29, will coincide with the publication of new never-seen-before content on the italiana Vimeo channel: DOAM (here the article). The documentary is based on Diary of a Move, a project by Italian-Japanese dancer Masako Matsushita (here the interview) in which over sixty people recorded and shared their day-to-day mov...

The first Italian immigrants in the United States of America brought many unique features and customs, such as the culinary tradition, the vivid language, and some peculiar musical genres. Your grandparents probably remember when, in the early 1900s, a particular Italian musicality became popular especially in Californian ballrooms: for sure, they...

3-Day Workshop / Lecture series on Zoom. In order to participate, RSVP and you will receive an e-mail with invitation links to the 3 workshops: February 9, February 11 and February 16. If you don't receive the e-mail by then, contact us at casa.italiana@nyu.edu  Featuring I Giullari di Piazza - Alessandra Belloni (Singer, percussionist, teacher. Au...

The coronavirus pandemic has not slowed down the Mariinsky Ballet's Maria Khoreva. Although Russia's Mariinsky Theater was closed in 2020 from March until August, the 20-year-old first soloist used the time in quarantine to her advantage. She wrote a newly published book titled Teach Me Ballet, and won Best Female Dancer on Russia's hit TV show "Gr...

Folk dances tell stories and reflect a group’s diverse history and culture. While the tarantella — arguably Italy’s most famous folk dance — is best known today as a dance performed at weddings, its origins are as ancient as they are peculiar. The tarantella traces its origins to Taranto, a city in Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s “boot.” The dance da...

Cari Amici, we invite you will join us online for a very special event Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, live from Tom Tedesco’s Studio, for an Epiphany celebration hosted by Artistic Director Alessandra Belloni and Music Director John La Barbera, co-founders of I Giullari di Piazza. For tickets visit here.  This will be a special o...