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Italian Vanity Fair on the voice of the performing body

Valeria Vantaggi, the chief editor of the Italian Vanity Fair, meets two important performers who have captivated audiences all over Italy in recent years.

Chiara Bersani is an Italian artist working in the field of performing arts. The aim of her choreographic work is to explore the deeper, often hidden, interactions between society and each individual body. Suffering from a moderate form of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, she brings into play her own experiences and her unique point of view to shed some light on certain aspects of human interactions that would otherwise be left untouched.

Chiara Bersani in “Gentle Unicorn”

The second interviewee is Virna Toppi, recently promoted Prima Ballerina at the La Scala theatre in Milan, who has been introduced to the wider Italian audience thanks to her appearances alongside Roberto Bolle in his many tv and theatre shows.

Virna Toppi in Balanchine’s “Apollo”

After briefly touching upon the physical training that both artists need to go through daily, the conversation focuses on the psychological aspects of a live performance. They explain how this non-verbal communication is based on getting rid of one’s mental barriers and creating an open, mutual exchange of emotions between the performer and the public.

At the end of the interview, after talking about their personal journeys, through ups and downs, they take a moment to ponder about the current situation of the art industry in Italy after two years of lockdown and their hopes for future reforms that would tackle the present difficulties that performing artists have been facing.

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