Why did you return to Uruguay
and join the Ballet Nacional
Sodre, after being at American
Ballet Theatre for nearly 14
I’d been a soloist for 10 years and
had danced a lot of great roles. But
there were so many more I wanted
to experience. Then Julio Bocca
invited me to come down here. I
wanted to take advantage of the
opportunity being offered while I
could still make the most of it. And I
knew Julio was doing great things.
What have been some of your
favorite roles since your return?
Dancing Kitri in Don Quixote gave
me a huge amount of joy. I was
so afraid of that role, because I’ve
never considered myself a bravura
dancer, but I faced my fear and it
turned out well. And Swan Lake—
it’s the ballet that consecrates a
true ballerina. I considered myself
more of an Odette, but Odile was
a happy surprise; I opened a door
to a part of myself that had been
What do you like most about
being back in Montevideo?
I sort of fell back in love with it. I
have a more laid-back life here: I
have a car, and my family is nearby.
After a day of rehearsals, I can call
my sister and go over and visit my
niece, even for 10 minutes. And I
live a block from the water.
Uruguayan ballerina María Riccetto has
fallen back in love with her hometown.
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What is it like working for your
former colleague, Julio Bocca?
People respect him so much. The
temperature changes when he
walks into a studio. But we have a
friendship outside of the company,
and I like being able to keep the
two things separate, to have that
respect for him while also being
able to go out and have a beer and
talk about things totally unrelated
Your father was a rancher, and
Uruguay is famous for its asado
(barbecue). Do you have a favorite cut of beef?
Asado de tira (strip of short ribs), or a
nice colita de cuadril (tri-tip).
What would you like to do after
you stop dancing?
I like to teach and coach, and I’ve
started putting together dance
workshops. But I’d also like to live in
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a city I’ve never lived in before, for
a year. Maybe Barcelona—I love it
You’re quite active on social
media. What function does it
fulfill for you?
At first I was against it, because I
thought it was all about promoting
yourself. But then I had some conversations with Daniil Simkin, who
is very active on social media. I’ve
come to realize how important it is
to stay connected. Just an example:
I went to see a Paul Taylor performance here. I was so happy afterwards that I tweeted about it, and all
the dancers responded to my tweet.
It brings us all closer together. P
Riccetto in Giselle