More on l'affaire Garritano.
The New York Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
Ms. Garritano wrote a book, "The Truth Please, About Ballet," published in January 2010, in which she makes similar claims, and she is hardly the first dancer to raise the issue of eating disorders in the dance world. But her Observer interview, coming soon after Natalie Portman’s portrayal of a disturbed bulimic ballerina in the film "Black Swan," excited widespread comment in the international press, as has reports of her firing.
The ballet company said that while it was surprised by La Scala's decision to fire Garritano, it felt it necessary to publicly refute her allegations. "We do not feel that we can support a campaign against the theatre, and the world of dance in general, which we do not agree with and which makes us feel victimised," it said.
"To read certain newspapers -- and even some internal union statements -- it seems that there is one courageous heroine who is fighting alone against a hellish place where many girls suffer in silence. This is not true," it added.