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ANTONIA FRANCESCHI (1960 - )
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Up From The Waste
Up From The Waste
antonia Franceschis autobiographical dance-drama Up from the Waste is a story of rags to riches, a tale of a plucky girl born on the wrong side of the tracks who wins a place at New York's most prestigious ballet school. In short, it's Fame or, to be more accurate, Fame as chamber theatre, Fame without the glitz. Franceschi, a girlish 42, and a former leading dancer in the New York City Ballet, has every right to invoke Alan Parker's film. It was where she made her breakthrough, playing the spoilt rich kid Hilary van Doren; and her own childhood was every bit as damned as that character's was blessed. Synthesising dance, monologue, an original score of haunting cello music and thrumming rap spliced with recordings of the Jackson Five, Philip Glass, Puccini and VillaLobos, Franceschi tells the story of her girlhood. Her mother taught her to masturbate when she was 10; she was sexually assaulted at 11; she was groomed by a pimp, and anally raped by a photographer. at some point along the line she acquired an eating disorder, but the one constant in her life was a determination to succeed that led her out of the maze and into the hallowed halls of the New York City Ballet.
Tim auld, Sunday Telegraph
National Theatre Studio 2002
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