Dance Books #2
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Posted 13 May 1999 - 07:07 PM
Thanks for the referrals to the Richard Buckle bio - looking forward to it.
Just thought i'd give an additional praise for a book called "Striking a Balance" by Barbara Newman. I read it quite a while back and listed it as one of my recommended books". Just reread it, and WOW! it is even more incredible the second time around. If you liked Balanchine Ballerinas you'd love Striking a Balance, interviews with Doubrovska, Vilsak, Lifar, Kaye, Shearer, LeClercq, Monnefous, Ananiashvili, Christensen, Youskevitch, Grant, etc.. several have "passed-on" since the interviews took place. Maybe you've read it already, but just had to mention this one again.
Posted 13 May 1999 - 09:37 PM
Thank you for the recommendation!
Posted 13 May 1999 - 10:10 PM
Ruby, it is old, from the mid-'70s, but she did an update a few years ago, with a few new interviews, that was available in paperback.
Have you tried the search engine at Barnes and Noble? The books I have listed on the site is rather minimal. The search engine is helpful for research (you don't have to buy anything to use it!), because if you, say, searched for the Taper biography, it will give you other "suggested" searches, like biographies, dance; or Balanchine; or biographies, ballet, etc.
p.s. They also have a rare books section now, which I found fascinating for browsing. We have a link to that, too.
Posted 13 May 1999 - 11:04 PM
Thanks for the tip about the biography of Antoinette Sibley, wish me "Merde" finding it. My hubby says i read too fast, and is complaining that it's getting expensive to keep me in reading material. *lol* But i'm loving every minute of it.
Posted 14 May 1999 - 12:23 PM
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Posted 14 May 1999 - 12:49 PM
I don't have the Buckle biography, like the Taper and find that Francis Mason's compendium, "I Remember Balanchine" reminds us invaluably just how complex the man was. I did an informal cross-check of the 83 interviews within it to determine which facts seemed consistent. Of the handful I found: Concerto Barocco was once an allegro ballet, where it is now an adagio ballet. The Figure in the Carpet ought to be revived (but is lost). Balanchine and Villella had a problem getting along.
Most everything else was up for grabs, depending upon how he appeared to the interviewer. Whenever I write about Balanchine, I recognize that I have an idealized Balanchine in my mind, symbolic of the choreographic ideal. It tangentially relates to the real man, I suppose! I think recognizing his elusiveness is one way to understand him.
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