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Shadow Aspect: My Journey of Expression Book


Italian ballerina Lady Mara Galeazzi OMRI, a former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, graced the world’s stage over 3,000 times during her career. In her memoir Shadow Aspect, Mara collaborated with photographer Jason Ashwood to provide the first insight into her life behind the stage as a freelance dancer and reveals how struggles with childhood depression, anxiety, and illness drives her world-renowned stage presence.

Centred around her performance in Tim Podesta’s ballet Shadow Aspect, Mara reflects upon the shadows of her childhood and later life. Unable to confront them, ballet became Mara’s voice as she found her way to express the words she could never speak. Through her story, Mara hopes that you, too, will also find more within yourself than you thought possible. 

Shadow Aspect: My Journey through Expression is Mara’s first book.

Pages:‎ 134 
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: ‎979-8548394620
Size: ‎ 20 x 25 cm