Beauty in Steps
by Gloria Chiappani Rodichevski
Romano Editore, 2011
Beauty by Steps di Gloria Chiappani Rodichevski
Title: Beauty in Steps.Giovanni Di Palma in Dance and Photography
Author: Gloria Chiappani
Photos: Felix Aarts
With a writing of Reijiro Tsumura
and an appendix on Uwe Scholz
Languages: Italian and
Translator: Yolanda Rillorta
Beauty in Steps is imbued with the emotions of living Art.
composed of 65 eloquent colour and black-and-white
photographs of the Italian Principal Dancer, Giovanni Di Palma, taken by the
Dutch dancer and photographer, Felix Aarts, onstage
and backstage. Beyond the images, the two artists are presented also through
words, thanks to the journalist, Gloria Chiappani Rodichevski, who undertook to weave a work which explores
opinions, enthusiasm, fragility and desires. This resulted in the development of a series of themes centred on the body and on their intrinsic concepts of
nudity, modesty, beauty, athleticism, the passing of time, emotions and senses.
What steered Di Palma and Aarts in facing these
themes, was their decision to present themselves without pretense.
aims to capture the interest of all those who would like to venture behind the
scenes of the various expressions of art, to experience the passion,
determination and intelligence that drive the artist, whether dancer,
photographer or painter. Furthermore, the book is an encouragement to the youth
entering the world of dance. A sublime art, dance undoubtedly calls for
sacrifice: strict selection rules, discipline, daily studies, and tough
exercises to shape up and maintain the body. Yet it still counts on numberless
new followers all over the world, a significant fact which proves that
sacrifices are fully rewarded. And when the body starts its decline and can no
longer appear onstage, intelligence will lead to the building of a new future.
expounded in this book may, therefore, be an inspiration not only to young
dancers, supporting them in making their choices with determination and
serenity, but also to the art enthusiasts, guiding them along their passionate
journey towards Beauty.
contains a testimonial to the choreographer, Uwe Scholz – with whom Di Palma worked as a member of the
Leipzig Ballet, from 2000 to 2004, the year Scholz
passed away – and a writing of Noh Actor, Reijiro
Tsumura, designated by the Japanese government as an “Important Intangible
The book can be ordered at Romano Editore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or buyed in the
Giovanni Di Palma.