This season will witness exceptional performances and debuts turning the UAE capital into a cultural hub for classical music and the arts.
The mesmerizing La Scala Academy Rising Stars presents three different ballet performances commencing with Suite from Bayadere, followed by Gymnopedie and Napoli.
The Academia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, is recognized as one of the world's foremost institutions in training for the full range of performing arts professionals.
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Accademia Teatro Alla Scala
Accademia Teatro alla Scala is one of the world's foremost institutions in training for the full range of performing arts professionals, from artists to technicians and managers.
Chaired by Alexander Pereira and managed by Luisa Vinci, the Academy boasts the finest instructors from Teatro alla Scala and the collaboration of preeminent experts in the field, all sharing the objective of transmitting the theatre’s inestimable cultural heritage and universally recognized artistic tradition to the coming generations.
Organized into four departments – Music, Dance, Stagecraft, Management – the Academy offers some thirty different courses attended each year by over 1,500 students.
The curriculum combines classroom lessons and practical exercises with intense on-the-job training embodying the philosophy of learning by doing.
La Scala Academy students play an active role in concerts, special shows, exhibitions, and opera productions both in Italy and abroad.
The Dance Department is currently supervised by Frederic Olivieri, former director from 2003 to 2017 and now Director of the Teatro alla Scala Corps de Ballet, with Maurizio Vanadia as Artistic Director and Giorgio Galanti as Education Director.
The heart of the Dance Department is the Ballet School, founded in 1813 by Francesco Benedetto Ricci as the “Royal Imperial Ballet Academy” with a total of twelve students: now there are 165.
Over the course of its history, the La Scala Academy Ballet School has enjoyed the outstanding leadership of celebrated dancers and outstanding maestri such as Carlo Blasis, Enrico Cecchetti, Ettorina Mazzucchelli, Esmee Bulnes, Elide Bonagiunta, John Field, Anna Maria Prina, and Frederic Olivieri, just to name a few, and produced artists of the caliber of Carla Fracci, Liliana Cosi, Luciana Savignano, Oriella Dorella, Roberto Fascilla, Roberto Bolle, Massimo Murru, Gilda Gelati, Mara Galeazzi, Marta Romagna, Gabriele Corrado, Alessio Carbone, Nicoletta Manni, Rebecca Bianchi, Sara Renda, Jacopo Tissi, Angelo Greco, Virna Toppi, and Martina Arduino.
The eight-year curriculum (ages 11 to 18) allows students to earn a dual diploma in classical ballet and modern/contemporary ballet, providing them with experience in a broad repertoire, as is now demanded by major international dance companies. During their studies, students take part in various La Scala productions and also perform in other prestigious venues both in Italy and abroad.
Their terpsichorean training is complemented by a regular school curriculum approved by the Ministry of Education. Since 2017 a novel high school specialized in dance offers a curriculum specially developed for students at the La Scala Academy Ballet School.
The number of sessions and master classes with internationally famous choreographers and dancers has increased in recent years. Students will benefit from the guidance of such luminaries as Davide Bombana, Luigi Bonino, John Clifford, Claudia De Smet, Paul Dennis, Vladimir Derevianko, Yvan Dubreuil, Shirley Esseboom, Maina Gielgud, Nanette Glushak, Cynthia Harvey, Akram Khan, Monique Loudieres, Piotr Nardelli, Patricia Neary, Pompea Santoro, Suki Schorer, Victor Ullate, Arlette van Boven, Francesco Ventriglia, Aaron Watkin, and Jelko Yuresha.
An essential part of the curriculum is the opportunity for the students to gain further depth in their rigorous training by interpreting the works of twentieth-century and contemporary master choreographers such as George Balanchine (Serenade, Theme and Variations, Who cares?, Tarantella), Maurice Bejart (Gaîté parisienne suite, La luna), Anton Dolin (Variations for Four), Mats Ek (Sleeping Beauty), William Forsythe (The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude), Jiři Kylian (Symphony in D, Evening Songs, Un ballo), Jose Limon (The Unsung), Roland Petit (Gymnopédie), and Angelin Preljocaj (Larmes blanches, La Stravaganza).
The program for professional dancers is complemented by courses for ballet instructors, which allow those who already teach dance to gain in-depth experience in the program and method of the first five years of the La Scala Ballet School; a five-year beginning dance course for children ages 6–10, with the objective of familiarizing them with the world of dance and music though a playful and expressive approach developing rhythm and motor skills; and a course for pianists wishing to specialize as dance accompanists.
During the summer, the Ballet School hosts weekly internships and workshops.