Natalia Magnicaballi

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    The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Snapshot: Michael Cook and Natalia Magnicaballi

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    The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Snapshot: Natalia Magnicaballi

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    The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Photoshoot


Natalia Magnicaballi (Principal) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been a principal dancer with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet since its conception in 1999 and with Ballet Arizona since 2002.

A graduate of Teatro Colón, she became a principal dancer at the age of 19 with Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentino. In Europe she joined the Italian company Aterballetto under Mauro Bigonzetti's direction.

Her repertoire includes the lead roles in 30 Balanchine creations such as Tzigane, Don Quixote, Apollo, Divertimento No. 15, Duo Concertant, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Agon, La Valse, Serenade, La Sonnambula, Allegro Brillante, Ballade, Four Temperaments, Who Cares?, Clarinade, Bugaku, Meditation, Episodes, Diamonds, Rubies, Liebeslieder Walzer, Prodigal Son, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Variations for Orchestra, Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Mozartiana and Swan Lake, as well as in Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun and In the Night.

She has also danced the leads in the most beloved classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Midsummer Night's Dream, Raymonda, Paquita, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Coppélia, and Giselle, as well as in works and premieres by Jirí Kylián, Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Mauro Bigonzetti, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Mejia, Ib Andersen, Oscar Araiz, Mauricio Wainrot, Ana María Stekelman, Alberto Méndez, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky.

She has toured and performed in the main houses and arena theatres around five continents including the Paris Opera Garnier and the Mariinsky Theatre.

Natalia has been featured as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" and named "Best Dancer" by The Arizona Republic.

A Conversation with Natalia

What is your favorite role to dance and why?

It's a little hard for me to mention just one particular role... I really like to dance and every time I do it I try to make every ballet my own. I think that's why I like dancing so much.

What do you like to do when you are not dancing?
I love to spend time with my husband, travel with him to new places and watch a lot of movies.

How do you prepare yourself for the physical challenges of rehearsing, performing, touring?
I've been performing and touring since a very young age, so that regimen has been pretty much a part of my life. I believe it is essential to train, eat right and get enough sleep, so your body and mind can function well, because what we do requires a lot of discipline and constant focus.

What is it like to work with Ms. Farrell? Any fun and memorable stories or anecdotes about working with her?
I have been working with Ms. Farrell from the inception of her company. For me, working with her is super inspiring. She gives me a lot of freedom and every time I'm on stage it's a very pleasurable experience. As an anecdote, I will never forget that during my first tour with the company I didn't speak English yet, so I couldn't communicate with anybody. Ms. Farrell was very nice to me, making sure every day that I was okay. Among other things, at the end of the tour we were in NYC on the New Victory Theatre's stage and she toasted me and said she was very happy with my work on that tour and proud that I had made it through with no English. That gesture made my day very happy.

What music do you like to listen to when you warm-up?
I don't listen to music when I'm warming up; I like to be in silence. For me, that's the moment when I connect with myself before my day starts.

What do you think is the most common myth about being a ballerina? What do you wish people knew about what it's really like to be a ballerina?
I don't know if this is the most common myth, but a lot of people think that ballerinas are very fragile for what we portray on stage (Maybe this is because it is our job to make everything look effortless and easy when actually it is not). I believe we are really tough. Sometimes people don't realize how much dedication and discipline we put into what we do, how many hours we spend working in the studios, etc. When I tell people who are not very familiar with ballet that we work at least eight hours a day, training and rehearsing in the studio, they usually seem very surprised.

Do you feel an affinity for any particular choreographer?

I love to dance Mr. Balanchine's ballets; my body feels somehow at home. His ballets are so diverse one to the other, plus so challenging physically and mentally, that you feel you are in different worlds when you are dancing them. He really was a genius!

What is the biggest reward in your career?

If I have to think of rewards in my career, I would say that being able to inspire or move others with my dancing is probably the biggest one. Having people from the audience coming backstage after every performance and sending letters and emails to share how inspirational or touching my dancing was for them, is very rewarding for me as an artist.

Natalia Magnicaballi

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