Carla Fracci’s funeral in Milan, the city declared city mourning

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In the church of San Marco in Milan, this afternoon, there was the last farewell to the dancer Carla Fracci, disappeared at 84. In addition to family members, public figures such as the Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Franceschini, the mayor of the Milanese city Beppe Sala, and the superintendent of the Scala Dominique Meyer said goodbye to the great artist between sadness and emotion .

The city of Milan as a final tribute declared city mourning, with public buildings displaying the civic flag at half mast.

A warm applause recalled the étoile at the arrival of the coffin decorated with white flowers and the crowns of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and the Prime Minister. On Friday morning it was the La Scala theater to offer its last farewell, it was there that the mortuary was opened in the presence of the mayor of Milan Beppe Sala, the president of the Region Attilio Fontana and the councilor for culture of Palazzo Marino, Filippo del Corno.

The queen of Italian dance died Thursday morning of a tumor, she died at 84, after a long illness lived in complete secrecy. The historic étoile della Scala has been defined by the New York Times as «the absolute prima ballerina».

Born in August 1936 in Milan, daughter of a tram driver of line 1, the one who passes in front of the Milanese theater par excellence, La Scala, where she built her career by studying first in the dance school, and then becoming an étoile. Eugenio Montale described her as «the eternal dancing girl», Alda Merini as «a fairy that generates other times».

The debut, on the stage of the Piermarini, in 1955. From there all the most important theaters in the world: the Royal Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, and since 1967 guest artist of the American Ballet Theater. He danced with partners such as Erik Bruhn, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gheorghe Iancu, Vladimir Vasiliev, Henning Kronstam, and the Italians Amedeo Amodio, Paolo Bortoluzzi. To then return, between ups and downs and after 20 years, where it all began, at La Scala – last March, after the lockdown – to prepare with two masterclasses in streaming the Corps de Ballet for Giselle, one of her most iconic roles. .

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