Alessandra Ferri celebrates her 40-year long career with a revival of “L’Heure Exquise,” which premiered at the Ravenna Festival, at Alighieri Theatre in June. Maurice Béjart first staged his own version of Samuel Beckett’s play Happy Days for Carla Fracci and Micha van Hoecke in 1998, and the performance is studded with references and full of memories, both personal and artistic, which the Italian étoile is enthusiastic to recall. This revival is also the occasion for Alessandra Ferri to bring back to life a lively character, Winnie, the last one in her gallery of beloved heroines: Juliet, Manon, Carmen, Blanche, Léa, Marguerite Gautier, Virginia Woolf, Eleonora Duse.
Alessandra Ferri. Photograph by Amber Hunt
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading