The Heroine’s Journey of Cristina Fraternale

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  The best thing that I love about my work is to feel my body move together and through the music, giving me the chance to express myself freely and completely.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?  I think that no one is luckier than the ones who can earn money doing what they love as I do. Dancing makes me feel so good that I really think I’m privileged. Furthermore, I have a wonderful family and a boyfriend who really love and support me in my life and I’m truly grateful for them.
What is my greatest fear?
To be honest I fear a lot about all those diseases that can occur to the muscle’s or neurologic’s system. I’ve spent all of my life working with my body as a dancer or choreographer and I can hardly imagine me unable to do that.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  
My lack of self-confidence often stopped me from trying and daring a little bit more. Also now that I’m more than 50, I sometimes have the feeling of being not enough, not capable of and this is such a pity because I become anxious and don’t enjoy what I do as much as I could. It’s a luck that people I work with are so happy and satisfied with my job and they help me see how good I am.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? 
There are a lot of marvellous and terrific dancers I appreciate and love watching like Roberto Bolle and Misty Copeland for ballet, but my true love is for  musical performers like Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Christian Borle, Lea Salonga, Brian d’Arcy James Neil Patrick Harris, Chita Rivera, Tim Curry, Hugh Jackman, Shirley MacLaine and many others with a huge talent in dancing, singing and acting.
What is my greatest extravagance?
I don’t think I got any.  Although I’m an artist I live a quite common life, except maybe different timetables (I usually start working in the afternoon till late night and sleep a little bit more than other people in the morning)
On what occasion would I lie?
I did it for 8 years at the auditions writing on the form that I was 32 (from 32 until I was 40) …then I decided I didn’t care anymore, but it was funny.
I did because most of the times they sent me away just reading my age without watching me dancing and I thought it was really unfair and I was right because a lot of time they employed me and when they found out my true age they confessed me they would have not hired me if they knew. Isn’t that stupid?
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Nowadays in Italy, it is really hard to be a dancer or choreographer (unless you are very famous) because they do pay a few and time for rehearsals is getting less and less, so it’s difficult to arrive on stage well prepared.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  
The shows I loved more in my career as a dancer were the opera “Faust” at Carlo Felice Theatre in Genova, where a danced as a soloist, the Italian version of the musical “Guys and Dolls”, with whom we made a long tour and the show “Gran Varietà” together with the international star Arturo Brachetti, who ask me to create the choreographies for 2 shows that he has supervised for his own theatre, “Le Musichall” in Torino.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
Maybe I tend to trust the others too much, but I don’t really know if I would change this. Surely I would like to be more confident about myself and my talent.
What is my greatest achievement in work?  
I can say I’ve always been very professional and no one can deny that. To leave in every person I work with a good impression is a thing I’m proud of.
Also when I didn’t like what I was doing or found out that it wasn’t exactly what I was told I finished the job and then decided not to work again with that choreographer or company, but never caused them troubles.
Where would I most like to live? 
I love warm temperature, so the best for me would be a place where it is always almost 20° Celsius, like Balearic or Canary Islands.
What is my most treasured possession?
I’m not rich in money, but I have all I need for a good life and most of all I’m in good health and surrounded by the love of my parents, sister, boyfriend, friends and students of the schools where I teach. What should I ask for more?
What is my most marked characteristic?
I am really determined. When I decided that dance would have been my future some of my teachers made me note that my body wasn’t made for ballet. My legs had a few natural turn out and my feet were not flexible enough. Well, after a couple of months of crisis I started studying modern dance and tip tap and found my place in the dance world!
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  
I come from Milano but now I live in Rome and believe me it’s really difficult to choose one place in such a wonderful city, but probably the Coliseum zone and the country right out the city are fascinating.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I’m crazy about Japanese food so I got 2 places where I use to go when I’m in  Rome: Lin and Citta delle Meraviglie.
What books influenced my life and how?
“The neverending story” enchanted me when I was young for the two aspects of the history and made me feel capable of great challenges like Atreiu.
The last book that had a great and deep effect on me was “Don’t tell me You’re afraid” based on the true story of Saamiya Yusuf Omar, which made me understand what really means to sacrifice one’s all for a dream and to be more near to all of those people who leave their countries and risk their lives for the hope of a better future.
Who are my favorite writers?
I read a lot of thrillers and fantasy books, so my favourite writers are Dean Koontz, James Patterson, R. A. Salvatore, but also Sophie Kinsella and J.K.Rowling are in my library.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Probably Bizet’s Carmen or Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 
Someone who fights for justice and respect for the people…
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Volunteers who help sick people, homeless, lonely elderly people, children.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? 
The sixth sense.
What role plays art in my life and work?
The main role. When I’m not directly involved in some project I love o go to theatres, cinemas, museums and read a book.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  
My boyfriend, without any doubt. He encourages and pushes me, but also helps me thinking to all aspects of things. He is definitely my fellow love.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019?  
I would love to have the opportunity to work with my love in a professional show, written and realized on our features
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?
Young dancers with a real passion inside to transfer them as much as possible my experience and love for this art.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?  
To try and put on a show inspired to “Something rotten” which made laugh a lot.
Where can you see me or my work?
During the winter in the schools where I teach, like Cta in Milano and Gypsy Musical Academy in Torino or at “Le Musichall” where i work as a choreographer.
During the summer you can find me in one of Club del Sole Villages, doing the performer, the choreographer or just putting on the music for the village radio and saying stupid things to make guests enjoy their holidays.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 
It means “me”. I’m 52 and I can’t stop studying and dancing, also if my body sometimes asks me to stop or at least to rest a little bit…No way!
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Francesca Varagnolo, dance and life teacher, perfect balance of love and strength together.
How can you contact me?
You can contact me on Facebook (Cristina Fraternale Garavalli), on Instagram (Cricicciabubu) and on Linkedin (Cristina Fraternale Garavalli)
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