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AF Dance is Alessandra Ferri's production company. It is born out of  Ms. Ferri's desire to expand her artistic boundaries and in so doing create unique and innovative collaborations in a variety of media with established as well as upcoming talents of great inspiration. Please note that Ms. Ferri's guest appearances are not produced by AF Dance. While AF Dance may plan multiple productions down the line, funds are raised for one project at a time.


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.


EVOLUTION. For Alessandra Ferri, stepping back onto stage has gone hand in hand with conquering full awareness of her destiny as a dancer. Being that intimately, with heart, body, and soul.

EVOLUTION is born out of this necessity, as the title runs on the double track of an evolving art that seeks new forms today more than ever, and that of an evolving artist who relentlessly pursues new emotions to be experienced and shared with her audience, diving into the work of choreographers with different  sensibilities and original visions. 

Herman Cornejo, principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, is once again Ms. Ferri's ally in this new artistic journey. After his groundbreaking experience with Alessandra in Chéri, Cornejo is more and more stimulated to follow her sophisticated artistic and expressive research.

Several International talents will take part in the performance. These are artists from varied backgrounds who intimately share a mutual vision of the art of Dance. It is with them that Alessandra Ferri will dance a number of original and meaningful creations by today's authors, showing us their value, peculiar vision, poetry.

Poster by Holger Badekow

Poster by Holger Badekow

A new choreography by John Neumeier created for Alessandra Ferri and the Hamburg Ballet will bring to life the legendary Italian actress Eleonora Duse with performances in Hamburg on December 6, 9, 11 and 12, 2015 and on January 9, 15 and 16, 2016


WOLF WORKS, on the life and works of author Virginia Wolf, was choreographed by Wayne McGregor for Ferri and the Royal Ballet. It premiered at the Covent Garden in London on May 11, 2015

Roland Petit's LE JEUNE HOMME ET LA MORT was presented at the Opera of Florence, Italy, in March 2015

For ANCIENT TALES, Ferri joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company as Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. The work premiered at the Joyce Theater in October 2014

THE RAVEN, choreographed by Luca Veggetti,  premiered at the Gotham Chamber Opera in May 2014.

CHÉRI premiered November 19, 2013 at the Signature Theatre in New York City. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, the original cast included, in addition to Ferri, Herman Cornejo and Amy Irving.
Chéri was performed in Buenos Aires in November of 2014 where Norma Aleandro joined Ferri and Cornejo.
New dates will be posted as they become available

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