The fifth episode of "Letters to Italy" by Sara Marinelli features Angelo Greco, principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet.
Angelo tells the story of how from the prestigious Opera theater of La Scala in Milano, he relocated to San Francisco in order to perform every night.
Until everything changed.
When the world of performing arts came to a standstill because of Covid, the 2020 SF Ballet season was cancelled, and the current one was produced in an empty theater.
Angelo shares how he felt during the months of lockdown, being deprived of the stage, which, as he says, “sets him free." He also talks about his relationship to dance and art, the power to dream and his yearning to create.
In recalling the hardest moments of the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy, he reflects on his relationship to home and his sense of belonging.
Producer/Editor: Sara Marinelli
Sound design: Sara Marinelli
Intro and outro music: “Hopeful Motivation” - James Yan
Music from the film "Icarus" by Pietro Pinto - Fabio Vassallo
Website for SF Ballet: www.sfballet.org
Website for Sara Marinelli: www.saramarinelli.com
This series was made possible thanks to the support of COMITES of San Francisco and the Italian Consulate of San Francisco, with funding from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.