Issue #3

Marco Pelle

Il Coreografo

Choreographer of the New York Theater Ballet, Marco Pelle has worked with some of the greatest dancers of our time: from Alessandra Ferri to Roberto Bolle, from Isabelle Ciaravola to Polina Semionova. He has choreographed and directed many operas all over the world in places like Argentina and China, and created new works for several ballet companies and Opera houses. He has choreographed “Passage”, a short movie directed by Fabrizio Ferri, starring Roberto Bolle and Polina Semionova, which opened the Venice Film Festival in 2013 and has toured Italy in the Summer 2014, as a longer piece.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I’m a choreographer. I have had the honor to work with some of the greatest dancers of my generation which has proved to be an incredible journey on both an artistic and a human level. When I don’t work I take care of my flowers and I browse flea markets.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

The real question is:” What made me choose to stay in NYC?” The answer is that I knew I would have have to feel crazy about the dreams I had for myself, for my future, for my career. That is what I consider the ultimate freedom.

Please share your best memory in the City.

There’s not one best memory over others. However, there is a recurrent one: when I wake up in the morning, I usually go to my terrace with my cup of (Italian) coffee and I take care of my plants. There is nothing more peaceful than that.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

New York Theater Ballet is my home. I couldn’t choose a more emblematic place than that. The outfit I was wearing is a typical choreographic-session ensemble that I wear.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US.

Anything that shows the extent to which Italians and Americans are connected should be welcomed and supported. Our countries have a very strong bond which should never be taken for granted.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

When we live abroad, we instantly become ambassadors of our native land. All of us. No one excluded. Therefore we have a very big responsibility: prove that all misconceptions and cultural barriers are wrong and deceptive. I decided to respect the Country that has granted me my dreams by embracing the difference of culture, of point of views, of life style. I’m an Italian citizen embracing and respecting the American life.

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  • Time

    180 mins

  • City

    New York

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