ABOUT ALESSANDRA FERRI
Alessandra Ferri is considered to be one of the most talented dramatic ballerinas of our time. Born in Milan, she began her training at the school of Teatro alla Scala and then attended the Royal Ballet School in London. In 1980, Ferri won the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and joined the Royal Ballet that same year. In 1983, she rose to prominence when Sir Kenneth MacMillan selected the 19-year-old dancer for leading roles in his ballets Romeo and Juliet, Manon, and Mayerling. Sir Kenneth went on to choreograph a number of roles for Ferri, making her principal dancer with the company. In 1985, Mikhail Baryshnikov invited Ms. Ferri to join American Ballet Theatre, where she danced as a principal until 2007. Ferri also appeared as principal dancer with Teatro alla Scala from 1992 until 2007.
Ms. Ferri has worked with many of the great choreographers of our time including Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, Roland Petit, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier, Billy Forsythe and Twyla Tharp. Ms. ferri has received numerous prestigious international awards including the Sir Lawrence Olivier Award, the Dance Magazine Award and the Benois de la Danse Prix. In 2006 Ms. Ferri was presented the Cavaliere della Repubblica Honoris by the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. She has been the Director of Dance Programming at the Spoleto Festival in Italy from 2008-2014.
After a six-year absence from the stage, Alessandra Ferri returned to performing at the Spoleto Festival in 2013 with a dance-play that she conceived and choreographed, The Piano Upstairs, written by John Weidman and featuring Boyd Gaines. The Signature Theater production of Chéri marked Ferri's return to the American Stage.