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Ballet books The History of Theatre and Dance in Sweden 1600-1900 by Pamela Moberg New book

Sweden has a long theatrical history – often at the whim of the reigning monarch. It did produce many stars, who unfortunately choose to take their talents elsewhere. Charles Louis Didelot, Marie Taglioni, Pehr Christian Johansson, Jenny Lind and Christina Nilsson were all born in Sweden, but became famous abroad. Swedish writer Pamela Moberg tell us about them in her new book "The History of Theatre and Dance in Sweden 1600-1900".

Ballet books A Dancer in Wartime: One Girl's Journey from the Blitz to Sadler's Wells by Gillian Lynne New book

Release Date: December 25, 2012
A unique memoir about ballet, World War II, and a peerless group of dancers, this is an irresistible read for all ballet lovers
Gillian Lynne is one of the world's preeminent choreographers, but she started her career as a ballerina, learning to dance alongside Margot Fonteyn during World War II, and here is the story of her extraordinary childhood. From Miss Madeleine Sharp's Ballet Class for Young Ladies in Bromley to being evacuated with her theater school to a crumbling pile in rural Leicestershire, and from performing in the West End with doodlebugs falling to touring a devastated Europe to entertain the troops, the early years were hard, exciting, and dramatic. And when the call came to join Sadler's Wells—well, what ballerina hopeful could have asked for more? An irresistible mix of wartime nostalgia and the story of a leading ballerina's hard-won path to success, this is the perfect read for all ballet lovers, and is illustrated throughout with exquisitely charming black-and-white photos, programs, and keepsakes.

Ballet books Swans of the Kremlin: Ballet and Power in Soviet Russia by Christina Ezrahi New book

Publication Date: November 28, 2012
Swans of the Kremlin offers a fascinating glimpse at the collision of art and politics during the volatile first fifty years of the Soviet period. Ezrahi shows how the producers and performers of Russia’s two major troupes, the Mariinsky (later Kirov) and the Bolshoi, quietly but effectively resisted Soviet cultural hegemony during this period. Despite all controls put on them, they managed to maintain the classical forms and traditions of their rich artistic past and to further develop their art form. These aesthetic and professional standards proved to be the power behind the ballet’s worldwide appeal. The troupes soon became the showpiece of Soviet cultural achievement, as they captivated Western audiences during the Cold War period.

Ballet books Ballet's Magic Kingdom: Selected Writings on Dance in Russia, 1911-1925 (Hardcover) by Akim Volynsky New book

The author Akim Volynsky was a Russian literary critic, journalist and art historian. He became St Petersburgs liveliest and most prolific ballet critic in the early twentieth century. This new book is the first English edition of his provocative and influential writings, provides a striking look at life inside the world of Russian ballet at a crucial time in its history.
Stanley J. Rabinowitz has selected and translated 40 of Volynsky's articles. They are vivid, eyewitness accounts that sparkle with details about the careers and personalities of such ballet legends as Anna Pavlova, Mikhail Fokin, Tamara Karsavina, and George Balanchine. Balanchine was at that time a young dancer in the Maryinskii company whose keen musical sense and creative interpretive power Volynsky was one of the first to recognize. Rabinowitz also translates Volynsky's magnum opus, The Book of Exaltations, an elaborate meditation on classical dance technique that is at once a primer and an ideological treatise. Throughout his writings, Rabinowitz argues in his critical introduction, which sets Volynsky's life and work against the backdrop of the principal intellectual currents of his time, Volynsky emphasizes the spiritual and ethereal qualities of ballet.

Ballet books The Great History of the Russian Ballet: Its Art and Choreography

Although the techniques of classical ballet were invented by French and Italian masters two hundred years ago, the Russian Ballet refined these techiques, thus enhancing its already superb performances. In 1738, the first professional school of dance opened in St. Petersburg. During the 18th century, the Russian Ballet became known for its tragic and its comic ballets. The Russian Ballet reached is apogee during the 19th century. The second half of the 19th century was marked by the collaboration of Petipa, the French choreographer, withe the Russian composer Tchaikovsky. In the early 20th century, Diaghilev delighted audiences in the West by presenting his Ballets Russes with suprememly talented choreographers, dancers, compers, and set deisgners. The book offers an encyclopedic overview of the entire history of the Russian Ballet, written by a team of scholars.

Ballet Books Ballet 101 : A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving the Ballet (Paperback) by Robert Greskovic New book

Robert Greskovic's enthusiasm for ballet is infectious. The combination of ideal bodies moving into wondrous shapes, beautiful music, and often fantastic sets and costumes makes it, in his opinion, a near perfect art form. Still, many art lovers who regularly visit museums and galleries and think nothing of an evening at the opera or theater practically panic at the thought of sitting through a ballet. Ballet 101 should ease those people's fears. Greskovic starts off with a lively but solid history of ballet, then covers the training of a dancer. These two elements alone offer an excellent foundation for understanding what's going on on-stage. The book also includes clear information about the logistics of a performance--from the conductor's arrival in the orchestra pit to the final curtain call, no pique, glissade, or arabesque is left unexplained. After covering these basics, Greskovic examines 14 ballets in great detail--most are classics like Les Sylphides, but a number of modern treasures like Balanchine's Apollo are also covered. For readers yearning to take in more dance than their local ballet company offers in a season, the book includes an extensive videography as well as excellent suggestions for further reading. The tone of Ballet 101 is serious without being dry and informative without being condescending--a great find for anyone anxious to learn more about this often under-appreciated art form.

Ballet books Writings on Ballet and Music (Studies in Dance History) by Fedor Lopukhov

Although little-known in the West, Fedor Lopukhov was a leading figure in Russia's dance world for more than sixty years and an influence on many who became major figures in Western dance, such as George Balanchine. As a choreographer, he staged the first post-revolutionary productions of traditional ballets like Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty as well as avant-garde and experimental works, including Dance Symphony, Bolt, and a highly controversial version of The Nutcracker. This first publication in English of Lopukhov's theoretical writings will give readers a clear understanding of his seminal importance in dance history and illuminate his role in the development of dance as a nonnarrative, musically based form.

Ballet books Dancing Through History by Joan Cass

Setting dance within a cultural context that is both understandable and interesting, this insightful reference captures the true art form of dance and traces the activity of dance as it existed down through the ages and all over the world. Beginning with the origins of dance and moving on to what takes place on Western dance stages today, this volume offers a sweeping overview of primitive, ethnic, and folk dance forms ... examines the major branches of Western dance art including ballet from its inception in 16th century Europe, modern dance, jazz, avant-garde, and the international eclectic contemporary scene ... tracks the repertory, technical training of performers, and creative theory of the many traditions that unify this art form ... includes discussions of significant dancers, their contributions, and the performers that inspired them; the background of period styles; pertinent ideas of major choreographers; capsule biographies of outstanding dance artists; effects of music and design on choreography; national characteristics of dance; the psychology of performers; and coverage on such concepts as Classic, Romantic, and Avant-garde to clarify trends and invoke thought on the Dance Art and society ... and makes many comparisons to current day events. Suitable for anyone involved or interested in dance history.

Ballet books Ballet Under Napolean by Ivor Guest

A vivid and definitive account which reveals Romanticism as a period of great significance in the development of ballet as a major theater art. This book covers the period from 1793-1819, and completes Dr. Guest's survey of ballet in France from 1770-1870.

Ballet books Ballet and Opera in the Age of Giselle by Marian Smith

Marian Smith recaptures a rich period in French musical theater when ballet and opera were intimately connected. Focusing on the age of Giselle at the Paris Opéra (from the 1830s through the 1840s), Smith offers an unprecedented look at the structural and thematic relationship between the two genres. She argues that a deeper understanding of both ballet and opera--and of nineteenth-century theater-going culture in general--may be gained by examining them within the same framework instead of following the usual practice of telling their histories separately. This handsomely illustrated book ultimately provides a new portrait of the Opéra during a period long celebrated for its box-office successes in both genres.

Ballet books Rethinking the Sylph: New Perspectives on the Romantic Ballet (Studies in Dance History) by Lynn Garafola

This collection of original essays brings together a distinguished group of international scholars to illustrate the importance of Romantic ballet within the broad context of Western theatrical dancing. The wide variety of perspectives, from social history to feminism, from psychoanalysis to musicology, serves to illuminate the modernity of Romantic ballet in terms of vocabulary, representation of gender, and iconography. The collection highlights previously unexplored aspects of the Romantic ballet, including its internationalism, its reflection of modern ideas of nationalism through the use and creation of national dance forms, its construction of an exotic-erotic hierarchy and proto-Orientalist "other," its transformation of social relations from clan to class, and the repercussions of its feminization as an art form. This generously illustrated book offers a wealth of rare archival material, including prints, costume designs, music, and period reviews, some translated into English for the first time.

Ballet books The Ballets Russes and Its World by Lynn Garafola

This lavishly illustrated book surveys the dance, art, music, and cultural worlds of the Ballets Russes, the preeminent dance company that helped to define the avant-garde in the early part of the twentieth century. The book explores the life of founder Serge Diaghilev, his relationship with Igor Stravinsky and other famous artists who worked with the Ballets Russes, the legacy of the company in the United States and England, and much more.

Ballet books Alexander Pushkin: Master Teacher of Dance

At the great Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg, Alexander Ivanovich Pushkin (1907-1970) danced many leading roles from 1925 to 1953. However, it was as a teacher at the Leningrad Choreographic School that he became a legend. Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov were his star pupils, but nearly all the leading male dancers of the Kirov Ballet from the 1940s through the 1960s were taught by him. Filled with personal photos, as well as others of his students and classes, this concise, insightful biography reveals to us the life and techniques of a master teacher.

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Costumes By Karinska by Toni Bentley

Of Barbara Karinska, George Balanchine said, "There is Shakespeare for literature and Karinska for costume." While any comparison to Shakespeare is hyperbole, Karinska was certainly among the greatest costume designers of her generation. She was one of Balanchine's closest collaborators, and her work for film, theater, opera, and dance helped define the look of an era. Among others, she worked with Agnes de Mille, Bronislava Nijinska, Jerome Robbins, Louis Jouvet, Franco Zeffirelli, Mike Todd, Victor Fleming, and George Cukor. One of the highest moments in her long career was the remounting of Firebird in 1970 for the New York City Ballet based on designs by Chagall. Entertainingly written by Bentley (Winter Season, A Dancer's Journal, LJ 8/82. o.p.), a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, this lavishly illustrated volume is recommended for costume, theater, and dance collections.

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