How to Help…

We have hit our crowdfunding target, but we still need your support. Fundraising is still ongoing, and if you missed the deadline for the Indiegogo, you can still donate via PayPal.

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Thank you!

We have come to the end of our Indiegogo campaign, and we are so pleased to announce that we hit our target. 103 people backed our performance, and we are so thankful to each and every person who has been involved.


Alongside the Indiegogo campaign, Federica and Stefano have been working tirelessly to raise more funds, and to promote The Ballet. This has included an evening with the Palmerino Scientific board, during which the board were able to meet the cast and creative team.

Some of the artists and cast presenting the project to the Palmerino Scientific Board – including Cristina Acidini, Giovanna Giusti e Maurizio Naldini and to the Assessora Cecilia del Re from Florence Municipality

We were also incredibly excited to host the women from the Archivo Donna from Ferrara, including President Luciana Tufani and Vice President Paola Roncarati.

The women enjoyed a lecture on the history of Palmerino, Vernon Lee, and The Ballet by Federica (with a quick bibliography of Lee from Sally), had a tour of the Villa, and enjoyed brunch on the veranda of the Associzione.

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One week of fundraising to go!

So please get involved with the project by supporting our Indiegogo campaign!

This week the cast and crew have been together at Il Palmerino. Choreographer, dancer, and actor, Elisa Barucchieri of ResExtensa company, and her dancers arrived from Bari. We’ve put together a short video of the primo prove – the first rehearsal – to give you glimpse of the first stages of the process. And hopefully there’s no spoilers!

Primo prove a il Palmerino – April 2019

Our cast includes Italian actor Alessio Montagnani (The Young Pope, All the Money in the World) as Satan. Alessio is a dynamic and thoughtful actor, and has been involved in the creative process since he came on board.


The Orchestra of Passions have been brought together by the Associazione Culturale il Palmerino and will play an important role in The Ballet. They are a multi-generational, international group of non-professional actors and volunteers who have brought Lee’s emotions to life. Oh, and the Orchestra also includes a poodle called Tilly.

Tilly, Satan and some of the Orchestra of Passions

With The Ballet being a site-specific performance, and with the Firenze primavera being so beautiful, we have obviously been rehearsing outside!

Federica giving directions to Giulio – Heroism
  • blog posted by Sally Blackburn-Daniels