Ballet dancer at The Stuttgart Ballet
So grateful to interview incredible talent Giulia Frosi on her story with the ballet, ways to look at it, things to practice and spectacles to explore
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you to ballet?
G: Hi there, I am Giulia, currently dancing with the Stuttgart Ballet.
The dance world has been a big part of my life since I joined La Scala Ballet School in Milan when I was 11. Before that, I had gotten close to ballet partly because one of my closest friends was going and partly because I had a strong attraction to it. I remember that music always moved me deeply from the inside, liberating energy that urged me to dance and improvise. The combination of physical exercise, creativity, discipline, hard work, and fun make me still love it now.
A: Where do you find the inspiration?
G: As I evolved from being a student to being a professional ballet dancer, my sources of inspiration have changed throughout time. When I was still studying my inspirations were the beautiful dancers I would witness on stage or YouTube, the grace by which they bound with the music, expressing a perfect synchronization, releasing a feeling of happiness and peace.
Now that I am a professional ballet dancer, I take inspiration by watching every day my beautiful colleagues here at the Stuttgart Ballet or, until some months ago, at the Semperoper Ballet. I also take inspiration by observing art, being in nature, and feeling balanced with all that surrounds me.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while preparing for the spectacle/show?
G: I don’t have any bizarre rituals, I just make sure I have a good meal, I warm up properly and I try to find a purpose for the performance, depending on what motivates me at that moment.
A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to the ballet and art of
dance, what to begin with?
G: I would say that you should be passionate, curious, and love the journey by taking it seriously, but not too much. Ballet is a discipline that requires hard work and diligence, but we should not forget that it is an art form. By accepting the fact that we are human beings and not perfect machines we should try to reach our ideal of perfection by having fun, staying curious, and feeling at peace.
A: Your top 3 favorite adjectives related to the dance/ballet?
G: Clever, ethereal, and transcendent.
A: The best angle to look at the ballet is from ...?
G: The best way to observe ballet and understand it is to spend time watching the dancers in the process of the preparation of a performance, I feel it would be so fascinating for the audience to sneak-peak in all the unfinished work that is done behind the stage curtain.
A: Must-read books/spectacles to watch in order to talk about the art of dance
(do we even need them)?
G: I would recommend watching any high-level dance performance and for dancers, I can recommend “Dynamic Alignment through Imaginary” by Eric Franklin, which explores interesting approaches to grow in dance.
A: If you could change one thing in the world of ballet - what would it be?
G: I wish ballet wasn’t seen as an exclusive practice, I wish more students would embark on the journey of studying dance without getting disheartened at early stages by old ballet standards of aesthetics. The Ballet world would be enriched by having a big variety of movers and artists, it would expand the power of dance in daily living by involving anyone that feels love for it.
Of course, to practice and perform ballet at high levels there are some anatomical-physical requirements, but dancing for the pleasure of experiencing joy should be allowed to anyone, as it’s so beneficial.
A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to dance)
G: “It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”
B. K. S. Iyengar
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