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A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back
by David Hallberg

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English

Pages

433

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist <i>The New Yorker </i>described as “the most exciting male dancer in the western world,” presents an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career.<BR><BR>Beginning with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American story marred by intense bullying—and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg’s brave memoir dives deep into life as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the limits of his body, and searches for ecstatic perfection and fulfillment as one of the world’s most acclaimed ballet dancers.<BR> <BR>While rich in detail ballet fans will adore, this is a book that anyone interested in a life of creativity will love. Hallberg reflects on themes like inspiration, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he takes readers into daily class, rigorous rehearsals, and triumphant performances, searching for new interpretations of ballet’s greatest roles. He reveals the loneliness he felt as a teenager leaving America to join the Paris Opera Ballet, the ambition he had to tame as a new member of American Ballet Theatre, and the reasons behind his headline-grabbing decision to be the first American to join the top rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by the artistic director who would later be the victim of a vicious acid attack. Then, as Hallberg performed throughout the world at the peak of his abilities, he suffered a crippling ankle injury and unsuccessful surgery leading to an agonizing retreat from ballet and an honest reexamination of his entire life.<BR> <BR>Combining his powers of observation and memory with emotional honesty and artistic insight, Hallberg has written a great ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, passion, and wisdom.
The Pas de Deux: A Classical Ballet Romance
by Erin Bomboy

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

February 11, 2018

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<p><strong>Dance.<br /></strong></p><p><strong>That was their instruction.<br /></strong></p><p><strong>But fate tripped them up, and they fell in love.</strong><br /></p><p>Under the fluorescent sun of ‘80s Hollywood, aging ballerina Peridot “Peri” Jones and her new partner, young Mark Maroulis, Jr., ignite a chemistry onstage that brings a dying ballet company back to life.<br /></p><p>Although wary of their age difference, they begin a highly charged love affair offstage. They keep the romance a secret because artistic director Mr. D considers Peri to be his. When Mr. D discovers their relationship, he wrenches Mark and Peri far apart. Will they be able to dance themselves back together?<br /></p><p>Lyrical and poignant, the story unfolds through the structure of a classical ballet <em>grand pas de deux</em>. It delves into themes of toxic masculinity, the sacrifices that art exacts from its practitioners, and the challenges of an inverse May/December relationship.<br /></p><p><em>The Pas de Deux</em> combines the classical ballet setting of <em>Billy Elliot</em> and <em>Astonish Me</em> (Maggie Shipstead) with the upside-down romance of <em>On the Island</em> (Tracy Garvis-Graves). It draws parallels among three genocides of the 20<sup>th</sup> century—Armenia, AIDS, and the Holocaust—and a suggestion rooted in dance practices to address intolerance.<br /></p><p><strong>Author Interview</strong></p><p><strong>What draws you to this genre?</strong></p><p>Romance embodies the Hegelian dialectic, which is a super fancy way of saying the genre presents two contradictory worldviews (the hero and heroine’s) and then unifies them. This is why some of my favorite novels (from <em>Pride and Prejudice</em> to <em>A Knight in Shining Armor</em>) are romances.<br /></p><p><strong>What was the hardest part of writing this book?</strong></p><p>Accurately portraying the ‘80s. While the decade isn’t that far away, it took a lot of research to ensure everything from clothing to a Guns N’ Roses show that occurs at climactic moment was period appropriate.<br /></p><p><strong>Why do you write?</strong></p><p>Fiction offers access to another person’s headspace, which can broaden our understanding of what makes somebody tick. I consider dance to be my genre, and that allows me enormous leeway in tone, content, and style in all my books.</p><p></p>
Prima Donna
by Karen Swan

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

January 07, 2011

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<p><i>Breaking the rules was what she liked best. That was her sport. Renegade, rebel, bad girl. Getting away with it.</i></p><p> Pia Soto is the sexy and glamorous prima ballerina, the Brazilian bombshell who's shaking up the ballet world with her outrageous behaviour. She's wild and precocious, and she's a survivor. She's determined that no man will ever control her destiny. But ruthless financier Will Silk has Pia in his sights, and has other ideas . . . </p><p> Sophie O'Farrell is Pia's hapless, gawky assistant, the girl-next-door to Pia's Prima Donna, always either falling in love with the wrong man or just falling over. Sophie sets her own dreams aside to pick up the debris in Pia's wake, but she's no angel. When a devastating accident threatens to cut short Pia's illustrious career, Sophie has to step out of the shadows and face up to the demons in her own life.</p><p><i>Prima Donna</i> is an excitingly glamorous novel from Karen Swan, author of the bestselling <i>Christmas at Tiffany's</i>.</p>
He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly (Screen Classi...
by , Sara Brideson

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English

Pages

560

Publication Date

April 14, 2017

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<P>He sang and danced in the rain, proclaimed New York to be a wonderful town, and convinced a group of Parisian children that they had rhythm. One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood's golden age, Gene Kelly revolutionized film musicals with his innovative and timeless choreography. A would-be baseball player and one-time law student, Kelly captured the nation's imagination in films such as <I>Anchors Aweigh</I> (1945), <I>On the Town</I> (1949), <I>An American in Paris</I> (1951), and <I> Singin' in the Rain</I> (1952).</P><P>In the first comprehensive biography written since the legendary star's death, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson disclose new details of Kelly's complex life. Not only do they examine his contributions to the world of entertainment in depth, but they also consider his political activities -- including his opposition to the Hollywood blacklist. The authors even confront Kelly's darker side and explore his notorious competitive streak, his tendency to be a taskmaster on set, and his multiple marriages.</P><P>Drawing on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly's wives, friends, and colleagues, Brideson and Brideson illuminate new and unexpected aspects of the actor's life and work. <I>He's Got Rhythm</I> is a balanced and compelling view of one of the screen's enduring legends.</P>
Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era
by , Janine Parker

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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As a charter member of Boston Ballet and its predecessor, New England Civic Ballet, Laura Young has been affiliated with the company longer than any other dancer in its history. This book is both a memoir of her personal journey and a fascinating account of Boston Ballet’s rise from a regional troupe to the internationally recognized company that it is today. It is interspersed with ruminations on the history of ballet, stories from the company’s Balanchine-influenced early years under founder E. Virginia Williams, and recollections from noteworthy tours, including those featuring the legendary Rudolf Nureyev, with whom Young was frequently paired. After retiring from the stage, Young has continued her affiliation with Boston Ballet, both as an administrator and a teacher. Working in collaboration with Janine Parker, Young has written a lively, informed, and entertaining memoir.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
by Misty Copeland

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English

Pages

289

Publication Date

March 04, 2014

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Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina.<BR><BR>In this instant <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history, telling the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America’s most groundbreaking dancers . A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.<BR> <BR>With an insider’s passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets. A sensational memoir as “sensitive” and “clear-eyed” (<i>The Washington Post</i>) as her dancing, <i>Life in Motion</i> is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet
by Jennifer Homans

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English

Pages

672

Publication Date

November 02, 2010

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<p>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br />For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully told, <i>Apollo’s Angels</i>—the first cultural history of ballet ever written—is a groundbreaking work. From ballet’s origins in the Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France’s Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the art form wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. Petersburg. In the twentieth century, émigré dancers taught their art to a generation in the United States and in Western Europe, setting off a new and radical transformation of dance. Jennifer Homans, a historian, critic, and former professional ballerina, wields a knowledge of dance born of dedicated practice. Her admiration and love for the ballet, as<i>Entertainment Weekly </i>notes, brings “a dancer’s grace and sure-footed agility to the page.”<br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i> • <i>LOS ANGELES TIMES • SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY</i></b></p><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>
The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composit...
by , Tina Landau

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English

Pages

241

Publication Date

August 01, 2004

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<div><P>The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with—space and time—into six categories. Since that time, directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau have expanded her notions and adapted them for actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively and to generate bold, theatrical work.</P><P>The Viewpoints are a set of names given to certain principles of movement through time and space—they constitute a language for talking about what happens on stage. Coupling this with Composition, which is the practice of selecting and arranging the separate components of theatrical language into a cohesive work of art, provides theatre artists with an important new tool for creating and understanding their art form.</P><P>Primarily intended for the many theatre artists who, in the last several years, have become intrigued with Viewpoints yet have had no single source to refer to in their investigations. It can also be used by anyone with a general interest in collaboration and the creative process, whether in art, business or daily life.</P><P>Anne Bogart is Artistic Director of the SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is the recipient of two OBIE Awards and a Bessie Award, and is an associate professor at Columbia University. Her recent works include <I>Alice’s Adventures; Bobrauschenbergamerica; Small Lives, Big Dreams; Marathon Dancing</I>; and <I>The Baltimore Waltz</I>.</P><P>Tina Landau, noted director and playwright, whose original work includes <I>Space </I>(<I>Time </I>magazine 10 Best), <I>Dream True</I> (with composer Ricky Ian Gordon) and <I>Floyd Collins </I>(with composer Adam Guettel), which received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, an OBIE Award and seven Drama Desk nominations. She has been an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 1997.</P></div>
Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts, and My Midlife Quest...
by Lauren Kessler

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

November 24, 2015

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<div>Like generations of little girls, Lauren Kessler fell in love with ballet the first time she saw <i>The Nutcracker</i>, and from that day, at age five, she dreamed of becoming a ballerina. But when she was twelve, her very famous ballet instructor crushed those dreams-along with her youthful self-assurance-and she stepped away from the barre.<br /><br />Fast forward four decades. Lauren-suddenly, powerfully, itchingly restless at midlife-embarks on a "Transcontinental <i>Nutcracker</i> Binge Tour," where attending a string of performances in Chicago, New York, Boston, and San Francisco reignites her love affair with the ballet-and fuels her girlhood dream.<br /><br />What ensues is not only a story about <i>The Nutcracker</i> itself, but also an inside look at the seemingly romantic-but oh-so-gritty-world of ballet, about all that happens away from the audience's eye that precedes the magic on stage. It is a tale told from the perspective of someone who not only loves it, but is also seeking to live it. Lauren's quest to dance <i>The Nutcracker</i> with the Eugene Ballet Company tackles the big issues: fear, angst, risk, resilience, the refusal to "settle in" to midlife, the refusal to become yet another Invisible Woman. It is also a very funny, very real look at what it's like to push yourself further than you ever thought you could go-and what happens when you get there.</div>
Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet (Dover Books ...
by Gail Grant

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

April 30, 2012

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<P>"Miss Grant has made more information available in one book than we have ever had before. Teacher's organizations would do well to consider the use of Miss Grant's <I>Technical Manual</I> as an official textbook." — <I>Dance Magazine</I><BR>Teacher recommended, Gail Grant's <I>Technical Manual</I> has long been one of the most popular and effective ballet reference guides. Completely revised and updated, this third edition is virtually a new work and should be owned by every student, dance teacher, choreographer, and ballet enthusiast — even those who purchased the second edition. Extensive revision, expansion, and the inclusion of more than 300 new terms have added immeasurably to the value of this concise, definitive manual.<BR>Moving from "abstract ballet" and "adage, adagio" to "working leg" and "wrapped position," the book fully describes and defines over 1,100 ballet steps (<I>saul de chat</I>, <I>jeté enveloppé</I>, <I>failli</I>, <I>entrechat six</I>, etc.), movements and poses (<I>arabesque</I>, <I>épaulement</I>, <I>attitude</I>, <I>en arrière</I>, <I>retiré</I>, <I>à terre</I>, <I>dégagé</I>, etc.), and other expressions and concepts. For each, first a phonetic transcription is provided, then a literal translation, and finally an explanation of how the step is performed, the pose captured, or the movement executed, of how the concept fits in with actual ballet dancing, or of the purpose or function of the idea. A pronunciation guide, cross-references to alternate names for similar steps and positions that vary from the Russian to the French or Italian schools, and a bibliography are all invaluable aids.<BR>But the most important supplement is the 15-page pictorial section, drawn by the author, who is both a successful ballet teacher and dancer. Keyed to the dictionary (and vice-versa), these diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm, and body positions for the proper execution of many of the more common ballet steps and movements. This essential and easy reference is a must for every teacher, aspiring dancer, and ballet class.</P>

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