Milan welcomes the dancers and actresses of tomorrow from Ukraine. Body language and scenery are universal. Word of mouth between teachers, calls in private chat groups, and historical contacts between academic institutions and schools where the performing arts are taught, were enough to create immediate projects to welcome Ukrainian students to Italy. Not only hospitality But the possibilities of tangible study.
So, in quirks and quirks and almost all of a sudden, Higher technical training centers in our country They started to greet Ukrainian students in their classroom. Without the sound of trumpets. Because art is not ours. Dance and theater belong to the world. Those who lived yesterday live today and will live tomorrow. smallestfor exampleTeatro alla Scala Academy AndUkrainian Academy of BalletThey arrived with them moms. Older people, as in Civic schools in Milan Of which Paolo Grassi, lonliness. With buggies and their intangible baggage of experiences. Not only in the Lombard capital but in many other Italian cities.
Problems with terminology? Italy and Ukraine in this case speak only one language: Dance and theater art. A universal language that shows its power even more in the dramatic moment in which we live. The Accademia del teatro alla Scala immediately welcomed young Ukrainian dancers who had fled the war to a ballet school. with their families. They are girls between the ages of 8 and 14 Included in preparatory and professional courses. come from Dance academies in Kyiv, Krkiv and other cities. To reach Milan, they faced a long and dangerous journey. They all found space in elementary school. First email asking for help? “It’s from the fifth of March. But twenty more followed and kept arriving,” explains the manager Frederic Oliveri. Who adds: “There was no need for the tests, They were all trained students. They were included in suitable courses.” The theater also created a running account of their practical needs, and found accommodations for them with voluntary associations.
the same situation forUkrainian Academy of Ballet, born in 2005 in Milan at the suggestion of the homogeneous office in Kyiv. At the beginning of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia, the Academy contacted people still residing in the capital, who in the past had contributed to the birth and creation of the Italian branch. Irina Skripnik, a Ukrainian teacher, was the first to arrive. She lived for a while in the Kyiv metro and just arrived He sent many of his students who fled the Ukrainian capital to the academy. Results? Today they are there 18 students from Kyiv, with at least one parent or relative, for approximately 40 people hosted. Some families live inMarceline Institute where, in addition to ArchimboldiAcademy based. Others found welcome in families. “Russian, Ukrainian, Moldovan, Belarusian and Italian teachers have always worked together,” the director explains. Katrina Calvino Brianna. In short, our center is a center where the encounter between nationalities is a daily educational practice.”
But everything is treated with great grace. At the Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan – Calvino Prina continues – we will be organizing April 30 and May 1 with Coppelia and Sleeping Beauty. Italian students will dance performances But we gave our guests, with complete freedom, the possibility to choose between participating or not.” The philosophy of the Academy? Allow Ukrainian guests to continue studying dance to exercise normally. But their desire is only one: to go home. “Although welcomed by families, despite studying Italian and helping each other with Google Translate, They want the war to end To be able to embrace grandparents or parents who stayed in Kyiv ”, concludes the director.
A little more difficult, because of age and languagewas receiving dozens of students in Advanced Training Courses from Milan Civic Schools Foundation. all ages. They all come on their own. Some have nothing, not even money to buy a phone card and call family members who stayed in Ukraine. With them, only the passion for theater and preparation is acquired at home. They come from different regions of Ukraine and from schools likeUniversity of Art and Culture and the Circus and the performing arts from Kyiv. The outbreak of war disturbed their lives, and threatened their security and future prospects. Why was their destination Milan? Italian director and teacher Matteo Spiazi, whose teachers were in the past among the teachers of the school of Paolo Grassi, was about to make her debut in Kyiv in a new show. Date? February 25. But the war happened. So, without wasting time, The artist mailed all of her students to Milanor.
Now they study acting, directing, contemporary dance and music, in what is an all-round university center and award a three-year degree at the end of the course. She teaches music majors at Claudio Abbado School, theater at Paolo Grassi, and film at Luchino Visconti School. First day at school? He flew between practical lessons in English with teachers of different courses. Two are included in the first year of an acting course, four in a contemporary dance course, three in a theater directing course, and three are expected in a music school. How are they doing with language? In this case the solution was immediate. Among the Civic Schools of the Milanese Foundation There is also a section for interpreters and translators, Altiero Spinelli. So everything is done internally through internal resources. Then there are the scholarships that cover room, board, transportation, phone cards, and basic necessities.
In this serious emergency situation – the Director General explains Monica Gatini Burnaby – We have built a concrete project to welcome and train Ukrainian students, who study with young people of the same age and with the same feelings.” He adds: “We have also been encouraged by other realities of the European Union’s European Network of Theater Schools and Academies, of which we are part.” The future is still possible? the teacher Paolo Giorgio He is optimistic: “They follow the normal academic calendar. They are inserted to all intents and purposes in our reality, without distinction from other students.” Kind of College of Applied Arts which receives only 600 admission applications annually for the Paolo Grassi acting course and accepts only fifteen.
“Theater school in Eastern Europe is strict, in dance, directing and acting, the use of language translation style helps us a lot to blend in.” The emotional side also weighs. Their families stayed there. They let their parents and brothers—Barnaby intervene—feel the need to express their story. To tell the drama they are going through through the stage machines.” Perhaps they imagine to build their own theatrical documentary. We let them do that. No one knows how long this war will last. Meanwhile, the school children gave them the purchased tickets for some Milan performances. “At this moment they, more than us, Need positive stimuli, to discover the city and its cultural presentationThey said.